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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
November 26, 2014

Excessive Salt Intake Putting Children at Risk for Later Diseases

JAMA. 2014;312(20):2084. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.15153

Ninety percent of children older than 6 years in the United States eat more sodium than is recommended by government guidelines (http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp) and the Institute of Medicine, with more than three-fourths of sodium intake coming from processed and restaurant food. Using data from the 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2375 children, investigators found that almost 43% of sodium in children’s diets comes from just 10 commonly eaten foods: pizza, bread and rolls, cold cuts and cured meats, savory snacks, sandwiches, cheese, chicken patties and nuggets, pasta dishes, Mexican dishes, and soups (Cogswell ME et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[36]:789-797).

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