High salt intake has dire consequences for kids in the U.S. - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

High salt intake has dire consequences for kids in the U.S.

Posted: Updated:
KHQ.COM- According to the Centers for Disease Control, multiple studies show if Americans collectively cut the amount of sodium they eat by 40 percent, it could save between 280,000 and 500,000 lives over a 10 year span. Some of the youngest of our population, America's kids, have not been able to escape the salt trap that puts them at risk of high blood pressure and one of the nation's leading killers, heart disease.

Federal health officials say most kids in the U.S. eat 1/3 more than the recommended amount of salt and two of the biggest snack culprits are pizza and bread. According to the CDC, U.S. school-aged children consumed an estimated 3,279 milligrams of sodium daily, that's well over the recommended amount of 2,300 milligrams a day.

According to NBC News, studies show that eating a lot of salt can raise blood pressure, not in every single person, but in a significant percentage of the population. The latest survey of what kids eat shows that more than 90 percent of them are eating far too much salt. And they are not getting it from the salt shaker. There are a number of foods with high sodium counts including: cold cuts, cured meats, savory snacks, sandwiches, cheese, chicken patties/nuggets/tenders, pasta mixed dishes and soups.

Researchers found that 65 percent of salt the kids eat comes from store-bought foods, 13 percent from fast food and pizza restaurants, and 9 percent from school cafeterias.

With the rise in sodium intake comes the rise of high blood pressure in America's children. The CDC says one in six U.S. children have borderline or high blood pressure and a third of the entire U.S. population has high blood pressure.

According to NBC News, The American Heart Association advises that some people should cut salt to as low as 1,500 milligrams a day but there have been other published studies that challenge that idea.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabled

    New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabled

    Thursday, September 20 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-09-20 13:14:31 GMT
    Three State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
    Three State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
  • Opponents and activists for I-1639 sound off

    Opponents and activists for I-1639 sound off

    Saturday, September 22 2018 9:16 PM EDT2018-09-23 01:16:50 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Initiative-1639 has been the root of controversy ever since supporters began asking for signatures. It became even more complicated when the Washington Supreme Court overturned a Thurston County judges decision after the judge initially threw out over 300,000 signatures saying the petition didn't follow election law claiming it was unreadable. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Initiative-1639 has been the root of controversy ever since supporters began asking for signatures. It became even more complicated when the Washington Supreme Court overturned a Thurston County judges decision after the judge initially threw out over 300,000 signatures saying the petition didn't follow election law claiming it was unreadable. 

    >>
  • Hayden students go viral for patriotic flag photo

    Hayden students go viral for patriotic flag photo

    Thursday, September 20 2018 8:04 PM EDT2018-09-21 00:04:30 GMT

    HAYDEN, Idaho - Old Glory flies triumphantly above Hayden Meadows Elementary. But, every day at the end of school, three keepers of the flag make sure she’s in safe hands. Fifth graders Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan go through the steps necessary to make sure the U.S. flag is properly folded and stored without it ever touching the ground.

    >>

    HAYDEN, Idaho - Old Glory flies triumphantly above Hayden Meadows Elementary. But, every day at the end of school, three keepers of the flag make sure she’s in safe hands. Fifth graders Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan go through the steps necessary to make sure the U.S. flag is properly folded and stored without it ever touching the ground.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Woods a winner again for 1st time since 2013

    Woods a winner again for 1st time since 2013

    Sunday, September 23 2018 6:14 PM EDT2018-09-23 22:14:22 GMT

    ATLANTA (AP) - Tiger Woods is a winner again, capping off one of the most remarkable comebacks in golf history. More than five years after his last win, after four surgeries on his lower back that left him wonder if he could ever play again, Woods ended his comeback season with a dominant victory at the Tour Championship. He nearly won the FedEx Cup, too, until Justin Rose survived a late meltdown with a birdie on the final hole.  

    >>

    ATLANTA (AP) - Tiger Woods is a winner again, capping off one of the most remarkable comebacks in golf history. More than five years after his last win, after four surgeries on his lower back that left him wonder if he could ever play again, Woods ended his comeback season with a dominant victory at the Tour Championship. He nearly won the FedEx Cup, too, until Justin Rose survived a late meltdown with a birdie on the final hole.  

    >>
  • Update: Four hospitalized in military vehicle crash on I-90 in Kittitas County

    Update: Four hospitalized in military vehicle crash on I-90 in Kittitas County

    Sunday, September 23 2018 5:16 PM EDT2018-09-23 21:16:36 GMT

    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities say four people were hospitalized after an armored vehicle went over a 25-foot cliff during a military exercise in central Washington state. The green and tan 2018 Military Stryker crashed about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on an unnamed dirt road near Kittitas. The driver, 22-year-old Chance Kennen of Lecompte, Louisiana, told Washington state troopers he didn't see the cliff's edge.

    >>

    KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. - Authorities say four people were hospitalized after an armored vehicle went over a 25-foot cliff during a military exercise in central Washington state. The green and tan 2018 Military Stryker crashed about 4:30 a.m. Saturday on an unnamed dirt road near Kittitas. The driver, 22-year-old Chance Kennen of Lecompte, Louisiana, told Washington state troopers he didn't see the cliff's edge.

    >>
  • The name Heather's epic rise and fall

    The name Heather's epic rise and fall

    Sunday, September 23 2018 5:11 PM EDT2018-09-23 21:11:01 GMT

    Heather won't be too pleased about this… wait, who?  The name has officially taken one of sharpest declines since 1880. According to a study by Quartz, "Heather" once ranked in the top 3 nationally for girl's names. In 1975, there were more than 24,000 girls named Heather, trailing only "Jennifer" and "Amy". In 2017, Heather's have plummeted, with only 219 girls born with that name in 2017. 

    >>

    Heather won't be too pleased about this… wait, who?  The name has officially taken one of sharpest declines since 1880. According to a study by Quartz, "Heather" once ranked in the top 3 nationally for girl's names. In 1975, there were more than 24,000 girls named Heather, trailing only "Jennifer" and "Amy". In 2017, Heather's have plummeted, with only 219 girls born with that name in 2017. 

    >>