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Lowering salt intake good for kids' health.

Reducing salt intake in children quickly lowers their blood pressure, according to a recent study, and could lead to lower rates of heart attacks and strokes as those children grow up.

The study, published in the November issue of Hypertension, found that curbing kids' salt intake reduced their systolic and diastolic blood pressure. If extended across the U.S. population and into adulthood, the lower levels would have "major public health implications in terms of preventing 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.
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Title Annotation:HEALTH FINDINGS: The latest public health studies and research; complications of excessive salts
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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