Did You Know?: Teens Consume Too Much Salt
Iím Jeremy Shere.
Eating too much salt can be a problem for adults with high blood pressure. But did you know that teens can suffer from eating lots of salt too?
The typical American teenager eats about 9 grams of salt per day. Thatís twice the recommended amount.
And itís not because teens sprinkle lots salt on food. Most of the salt that teens and adults get is already added to processed and prepared foods. Pizza is especially bad, and even baked good have a lot of salt.
According to a recent study, cutting back on salt is just as important for teens as it is for adults. A computer model showed that reducing salt consumption by as little as a half teaspoon a day could lower teensí risk for high blood pressure by as much as 63%. And it could also help more teens avoid high blood pressure as they grow into adults.
And now you know.
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