“Salt And Hypertension Debate Continues”
Last year, I told you about the debate concerning the questionable validity of a link between salt intake and hypertension in adults. For decades, adults have been cautioned about excess salt intake, even though the scientific studies do not support the damning indictments against salt. Now, kids are getting in on the act. An August 2012 study in Pediatrics reported, “The quarter of American kids who eat the most sodium are twice to three times as likely to develop high blood pressure as the quarter who eat the least.” This study implied that children need to cut down on their salt intake or they will suffer serious health consequences. However, the study that these articles referenced, which was published by researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), did not actually find a statistically significant association between salt intake and blood pressure in kids.