CDC Report Says Kids Eat Too Much Salt

If you're a parent you've probably visited places like Burger King and McDonald's after school or before a soccer game.

However, a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Friday, is saying that kids in the U.S. are taking in too much salt and a big culprit is fast food.

According to the CDC, the recommended daily intake of salt is 2,300 milligrams, or about one teaspoon. However, the 6,200 kids that participated in the study, on average, ate 3,200 milligrams a day. That's one thousand more than recommended.

15 percent of the kids in the study were found to have high blood pressure, an indication of too much sodium.

"It really doesn't surprise me," said Dr. David Stone, a pediatric cardiologist. "With that, comes a whole host of organ issues, such as coronary artery disease, kidney issues and eye issues."

Stone also says that processed foods, like fast food, are what parents need to watch out for.

"Some of those sandwiches may be your daily requirement for sodium or near it," said Stone.

While eating healthier foods, like fruits and vegetables is obviously the best option, Stone knows it is not always the cheapest. If you have to eat an unhealthy meal, he says most foods can be tolerated in moderation.


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