(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long warned about too much salt in adult diets. Now researchers at the CDC say kids consume just as much salt as adults.
Findings from a new study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, found that of more than 6,000 children tested, 15 percent of those had high blood pressure.
The study found that kids on average are consuming 3300 milligrams of salt every day. The CDC recommends the amount of salt we should all consume — adults and kids alike — should be no more than one teaspoon per day, or about 2300 milligrams.
Researchers found that those who ate the most salt had double the risk of higher blood pressure; for overweight or obese kids, the risk is even greater.
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