Lowering salt intake good for kids' health.
Reducing salt intake in children quickly lowers their blood pressure, according to according to
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The study, published in the November issue of Hypertension hypertension or high blood pressure, elevated blood pressure resulting from an increase in the amount of blood pumped by the heart or from increased resistance to the flow of blood through the small arterial blood vessels (arterioles). , found that curbing kids' salt intake reduced their systolic Systolic
The phase of blood circulation in which the heart's pumping chambers (ventricles) are actively pumping blood. The ventricles are squeezing (contracting) forcefully, and the pressure against the walls of the arteries is at its highest. and diastolic blood pressure Diastolic blood pressure
Blood pressure when the heart is resting between beats.
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Disease that affects the heart and blood vessels.
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cardiovascular disease in the future," the study's authors said.
The nutrition advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest released a statement bringing attention to the study's findings and pointing out that "makers of popular packaged and restaurant foods make it virtually impossible for children not to consume unhealthy levels of salt if they eat (their products)."
"Given the extremely high sodium content of many processed and restaurant foods--including many foods designed for and marketed to children--the chances of lowering kids' blood pressure seem remote without major intervention from industry and government," according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest statement.