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Simple Steps to Reducing Sodium in Children’s Diets

Many children today are consuming too much sodium, which can increase the risk of high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases the risk for stroke and heart disease in adults. About 90 percent of children between the ages of 6 and 18 in the United States consume too much sodium. These numbers can be traced to 10 common types of foods such as pizza, savory snacks, soups, cold cuts, and sandwiches. In an effort to combat high consumption of sodium, primarily from processed and restaurant foods, the CDC is promoting local, state and national actions to increase the availability and consumption of lower sodium products. Physicians can play a key role in educating patients and parents, and encouraging them to maintain a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, as well as low in trans fats, saturated fats, sodium, and sugar.

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