Just as in adults, excessive salt intake in children also bring health problems. In fact, the food consumed by children today mostly contains high salt.
In a survey in the United States, the average child aged 6-18 years there mengasup 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day, not including salt added at the table. That number far exceeds the recommended intake, which is 2,300 mg per day.
One of the effects of a high salt diet is high blood pressure. "About one in six children are already experiencing high blood that can lead to hypertension in adulthood. As we know, hypertension is a major cause of heart disease and stroke," said Ileana Arias of the center of disease control and prevention (CDC).
Approximately 43 percent of the salt diasup children came from 10 of the most frequent types of food they eat. These foods include pizza, bread, meat, savory snacks, sandwiches, cheese, nuggets, soups, and so on.
"Some of the food that does not taste salty but actually contain quite high in sodium and children often eat it," said Arias.
High-salt diet since the age of children is not only harmful to health but also to form their diet in adulthood.
Most sodium in the food already, even before it is processed. An estimated 65 percent of sodium already stored in food, 15 percent of fast food and pizza, as well as 9 per cent of the food in the school canteen.
Parents are expected to understand the negative effects of excess salt. Children can be taught to drink more vegetables and fresh fruits, as well as reducing the use of salt in cooking.