Aussie kids love salty foods

MOST Australian children are eating too much salt, according to research revealed at a dietician's conference in Sydney on Monday.

The research involving 238 children showed seven in 10 were eating more than the recommended amount of salt each day.

Professor Caryl Nowson presented the research at the International Congress of Dietetics yesterday revealing the average child was eating about 6gm of salt a day, or more than four times the amount of salt they needed.

"We know that a high salt intake pushes up blood pressure, and that's linked with serious conditions like heart disease and stroke," she said.

"A hot dog alone provides about 65% of an eight-year-old's maximum daily salt limit.

"And a take-away cheeseburger contributes around half the upper limit of salt."

 

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