Reducing Sodium in Kid’s Diets

About 9 in 10 US children eat more sodium than recommended.

A high sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure.
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About 1 in 6 children ages 8-17 years has raised blood pressure.
10 common types of foods contributed more than 40% of the sodium eaten by children.
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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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Read about Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets to learn more about your child’s sodium intake. Click Here To Read More This page also provides a section about what the federal government, schools, parents, and restaurants can do to help reduce sodium.

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