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Nearly half of American children eat more sodium (salt) than is recommended.

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Nearly nine in 10 American children eat more sodium than recommended and about one in six children has raised blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

Most of the sodium we consume is in the form of salt and the vast majority of sodium we consume is in processed and restaurant foods. Your body needs a small amount of sodium to work properly, but too much is bad for your health.

The taste for salt is established through diet at an early age. Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing the way foods are produced, sold, prepared and served.

For more information about sodium in children's diets and how to reduce it, click here.

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