Kids eating as much salt as adults

Australian dietitians sampled urine from 238 children aged 5–13 years old and found 69% had sodium levels that exceeded the upper limit.

“This is really setting your kids up for this trajectory of hypertension, increased stroke and increased cardiovascular disease,” said Professor Caryl Nowson, lead author of the study and chair in nutrition and aging at Deakin University.

Professor Nowson will present her data at the LEAP: Leadership, Evidence & Advancing Practice dietetics conference, held in Sydney from September 5 to 8.

According to Professor Nowson, 40% of the salt in a child’s