Salt Intake of Children Could Become New Major Health Issue

Sharyn Alfonsi explains new study that shows kids? huge consumption of salt.
3:00 | 09/17/12

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living. There's a new warning for american families, a centers for disease control found a surprise new threat to the nation's children and the threat is salt. A new study in the journal of spepediatrics said too many children are consuming staggers amounts of salt. More than adults. And could be putting them after risk. Sharyn alfonsi explains. Reporter: They are the food kids crave. I love mac and cheese. What's your favorite thing to eat for din never. Dane sour chicken nuggets. What do you like to eat for breakfast? This cereal called captain crunch. I'm very familiar with it. Reporter: Some staples could have high levels of salt. A new study finds children and teens consume as much sodium as adult, putting them at risk of high blood pressure of more than 6,000 kisd studied. 15% had high or elevated blood pressure. IN THE 70s, 1% HAD HIGH BLOOD Pressure. High blood pressure can weaken vessels, causing strokes. And can lead to kidney problems and cardio vacuum cue lar disease. Children should consume less than a teaspoon but have on average of 3300 milligrams wlcht is it coming from? A single serving of mac and chas has half of the daily dose. Spaghetti sauce, 48 amilligrams. Handful of chicken nugget, 470 milligrams. I don't think parents are paying attention to sodium. We didn't realize that it was just as high as adults. Doctors say like adult, kids who eat salty foods early, can develop a taste for salty foods. As early as 6 months old. Pie attention to what you give the infants. Less than a teaspoon. You really have to watch. Thank you very much, sharyn.

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