Too Much Salt Is Killing American Children

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Would it jolt you out of your wits if you were told that an American child eats about 1,000 milligrams of salt in just one Big Mac. That is too much salt and just one burger is not all that the children are eating during the day. Can you hear the warning bells ringing? You better sit up and take notice because it may be your child’s health at stake.

 

As if being dangerously obese was not enough for the children of America, their salt consumption is also sending red flags up at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to recent government research, children who are already overweight and obese are most affected by excessive salt consumption. That leaves the parents with nothing but a vicious salt cycle at hand.

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The CDC research is a result of studies on 6,200 kids between ages 8 and 18, who took part in the National Health Surveys conducted between 2003 and 2008. After the studies, the researchers calculated the salt intake of these kids and found that the kids were eating too much salt. Elevated blood pressure was just one of the projected effects of all that salty food. On an average, the kids participating in the study consumed 3,300 milligrams of salt every day while the recommended daily dose of salt for kids is just 2,300 milligrams.

 

Disturbing statistics like these are enough to send you over the fence if you are thinking that fast food is not all that harmful for your child.

 

 

 

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