The Salty 10

Question: What are the 10 biggest sources of sodium in the diets of American schoolchildren?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention named the salty 10 as part of a “Vital Signs” report, released today, on sodium consumption among U.S. kids.

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The report concludes that more than 90 percent of U.S. children, ages 6 to 18 years, eat more sodium than recommended. This puts them at risk for developing high blood pressure and heart disease later in life, the CDC says.

Those schoolkids consume an average of about 3,300 milligrams of sodium per day even before adding salt at the table, the CDC says. The recommended amount is less than 2,300 mg per day.

About 65 percent of their sodium comes from store foods, 13 percent from fast food and pizza restaurant foods and 9 percent from school cafeteria foods.

So here’s the list of foods responsible for 43 percent of the sodium American children consume, according to the CDC:

  1. Pizza
  2. Bread and rolls
  3. Cold cuts/cured meats
  4. Savory snacks
  5. Sandwiches
  6. Cheese
  7. Chicken patties/nuggets/tenders
  8. Pasta mixed dishes
  9. Mexican mixed dishes
  10. Soups

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