Why does it matter?
High sodium intake can lead to high blood pressure, which increases your risk for stroke and heart disease. In 2014, 1 in 6 kids 8-17 years old who were studied had raised blood pressure. Kids should be taking in fewer than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Right now, kids 6-18 years old are taking in an average of 3,300 mg per day! And that’s before any salt is added at the table!
Over 40 percent of all the sodium kids eat come from these common culprits: Pizza, breads, cold cuts and cured meats, sandwiches (most common — cheeseburgers), snacks (chips), cheese, chicken patties, chicken nuggets, chicken tenders, pasta-mixed dishes, Mexican-mixed dishes (burritos and tacos), and soup.
We’ve all been paying so much attention to sugars and fats that we’re forgetting the basics! Just remember, everything in moderation. Some suggestions:
The good news is that some help is on the way! The government plans to crack down on sodium levels in schools by the year 2022.