The salt demons start grabbing us early in life, new study finds

Salt has become one of the evil triangle of foods in my life, along with fat and sugar, since my angioplasty two years ago. Salt is in every processed food we eat, and especially so in snack and baked foods.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, once considered a healthy snack, really aren't for me.
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, once considered a healthy snack, are one of many packed with salt. Read labels when buying for your children, and yourself.

So I wasn’t surprised by a recent headline I saw, Kids’ Food Cravings Mean Diet Too High in Salt, CDC Says.

“Kids love pizza, bologna, cheese and chicken nuggets. U.S. public health officials don’t like the salt in those foods and say a diet dominated by them may harm children’s future health,” the Bloomberg story notes. And the news just gets worse.

“Just 10 foods account for almost half the sodium children eat, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The items pack a double whammy: they are high in salt and beloved by children, who want to eat them over and over again.

“The result is a diet with an average of 3,300 milligrams of sodium for American children ages 6 to 18, while dietary guidelines recommend 2,300 mg or less, according to the report. Most of the sodium is in the food when it’s purchased, whether at a store or a restaurant, with only a small portion coming from salt added.”

So we’re addicting our children to salt and giving them heart and other health problems right from the start. Among the offending, high-salt foods: bread, processed meats, chicken patties, Mexican food and pre-made, store-bought soups.

Beware of all those and others, read labels, especially for things you buy for children.


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