As per the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children and adults should not consume more than a teaspoon of salt per day. However, it has been found that the advice is not being followed by children and they have been found to be consuming 3,300 milligrams and that too per day.
In order to reach at the above given conclusion, the study researchers carried out a survey on 6,200 children, who were aged between eight and 18. They were asked about the daily food intake and regular intake of salt.
It was then found out that children should be consuming not more than 2,300 milligrams per day, but they are found to be having 3,300 milligrams. Increased intake of salt has been making children vulnerable towards prehypertension.
The study, which has been published in the journal of Pediatrics, has also raised concerns about obesity. Quanhe Yang was of the view, "Kids are consuming as much sodium as adults, which far exceeds the recommended amount".
In addition, it has been noticed that children suffer from a lot many health complications in which high blood pressure is one of the worst problems that they suffer from. It is needed that awareness should be raised about the same.
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