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Less salt for kids today is a better chance at a healthy future

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diverse group of school kidsNew paper sums up the science: Less salt for kids today is a better chance at a healthier future.

A recent paper from the Journal of Clinical Hypertension sums up the science. It tells us that sodium reduction is beneficial for children. Just in time for back-to-school, this paper also points out the science supporting the nutrition standards that gradually reduce sodium in school meals.

Here are some facts from the paper that might surprise you:

  • It’s never too early to think about your child’s blood pressure. The signs that lead to elevated blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke begin in childhood.
  • The food your child eats impacts your child’s blood pressure (and health!). Eating habits that your child begins now will impact his or her tastes and eating habits as your child grows up.
  • It’s important to watch how much sodium your child is consuming. In fact, 9 out of 10 school-age children consume excess sodium. Encouraging your child to eat less sodium (beginning early in life) is a good way to support a healthy blood pressure for your child.
  • The National School Lunch program is gradually reducing sodium, and this is an effective strategy aimed at improving the health of our children and our nation. (Check out this infographic to learn more about how school lunch is becoming less salty.)

Let’s face it: A lot of the food our kids eat is too salty.

What can you do to help you child enjoy foods with less salt? One way is to pay attention to the salty six for kids.

These foods add the most sodium to our kids’ diets:

  1. Pizza
  2. Breads and rolls
  3. Cold cuts and cured meats
  4. Savory snacks
  5. Sandwiches
  6. Cheese

Bottom line? Less salt is beneficial for our kids’ health.

Read the paper from the Journal of Clinical Hypertension

What are you doing to keep your child healthy? Tell us in the comments!