A new study published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that children in the United States were consuming more than double the recommended limit of salt intake in their diet.
The American Heart Association has recommended that the daily salt intake in children should be limited to 1500 mg but the new study has found that children are consuming more than 3,300 mg of salt every day, an amount similar to those of adults.
AHA chief executive officer Nancy Brown said that the high salt intake among the children has seen the rise of illnesses, such as high blood pressure, that were once viewed as limited to adults. "It's very disturbing that this nation's children and teens consume too much salt in their diets at school and home. High blood pressure, once viewed as an adult illness is now affecting more young people because of high sodium diets and increasing obesity. While new nutrition standards for school meals are helping, progress is slow", she said.