Reducing sodium in children’s diets : the pressure is on to keep blood pressure down
Corporate Authors:National Center for Chronic Disease Control and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.
Series:CDC Vital signs ; 2014 September
Description:About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended. Most sodium is in the form of salt, as a part of processed foods. A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure. About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Lowering sodium in children’s diets today can help prevent heart disease tomorrow, especially for those who are overweight.
The taste for salt is established through diet at a young age. Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing the way foods are produced, sold, prepared, and served.
As a parent and caregiver, you can:
• Model healthy eating for your children by having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables without added sodium.
• Compare Nutrition Facts labels to choose the lowest sodium option before you buy.
• Ask your grocery manager to provide more low sodium options of your family’s favorite foods.
• Request restaurant nutrition information to make lower sodium choices.
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