salt

Processed Salt Consumption Linked to High Blood Pressure in Children

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: children's health, processed salt, salt consumption

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises
600 strains of an aerosolized thought control vaccine already tested on humans; deployed via air, food and water
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
CDC admits it has been lying all along about Ebola transmission; "indirect" spread now acknowledged
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet

Delicious
(NaturalNews) Like adults, children with a high salt intake are at an elevated risk of developing high blood pressure, according to a British study published in the Journal of Human Hypertension. Researchers examined the blood pressure measurements and salt intake for 1,658 children between the ages of 4 and 18. Salt intake was estimated by means of a 7-day dietary record, generating a weekly average salt intake. According to the researchers, this provides a more accurate estimate of salt intake than data from only a day or two.

The average salt intake among 4-year-olds was 4.7 grams per day. Salt intake increased steadily with age, reaching 6.8 grams per day by the age of 18. Because the researchers did not count salt added during or after cooking, the actual intake was higher.

The United Kingdom's recommended salt intake for an individual adult is 4 grams per day (corresponding to 1.6 grams of sodium), while the more pragmatic goal for the population is an average of 6 grams per day. U.S. recommendations are similar.

For children, the United Kingdom's population goals are 3 grams per day for 4-6 year olds and 5 grams for 7-10 year olds.

In the current study, the researchers found that every extra gram of salt intake corresponded to a 0.4 mmHG increase in peak arterial blood pressure.

"The differences in systolic blood pressure between children with higher and lower salt diets may appear small, but making reductions of this order in childhood is likely to translate into lower levels of blood pressure in adult life, " said Malcom Law, a professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine.

In the United Kingdom, like the United States, the majority of people's salt intake comes from processed foods.

"The message for parents is to check labels, especially on foods such as breakfast cereals and snack products, which they may not expect to contain high levels of salt," said nutritionist Jo Butten.

But consumer health advocate Mike Adams cautioned people to make a distinction between processed salt and full-spectrum sea salt. "Processed salt is dangerous to human health, but full-spectrum salt like Celtic sea salt is actually quite healthy, even in relatively large amounts," Adams said. "Unprocessed, brown sea salt contains dozens of minerals and elements simply not present in processed salt."

Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.