A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that cutting down on children's salt intake could prove to be an effective strategy in curbing ballooning rates of childhood obesity.
The study was conducted by researchers at Deakin University in Burwood, Australia, who analyzed over 4,200 children between two and 16 years of age.
The researchers found that those children who had a higher salt intake also consumed more amounts of sugary drinks with every 1gm of salt intake linked with 17gms of sugary drinks. The children were also 26 percent more likely to be obese.
"There's a lot of experimental evidence in animals and in adults that shows that the more salt you consume, the more you actually get thirsty and consume fluid. The amount of salt in your blood rises and to control it, your body gets thirsty", lead researcher Carley Grimes said.