US children consume as much salt as adults, study finds

A new study from the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) found children in the US have a daily sodium intake that is equal to US adults.

Children and teens, between eight and 18, consumed an average of 3,387 mg of sodium per day – more than double the recommended amount. Children from ages four to eight should aim to consume no more than 1,200 mg per day and adolescents between eight and 18 should intake 1,500 mg of sodium per day.

Sodium intake was higher among boys than among girls, higher among those of normal weight than among those overweigh and highest by race/ethnicity among non-Hispanic whites, the study found.

High sodium consumption is associated with increased systolic blood pressure and increased risk for pre-hypertension and hypertension.

Reducing sodium consumption, being more active and maintaing a healthy body weight can help reduce the increased risk for high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease.

To read the full study click here.