They found that children who ate less salt drank
fewer sugary soft drinks and could reduce their
risk of high blood pressure and obesity.
Writing in the journal Hypertension, they said this
could lower rates of heart attack and stroke in
“Sugar-sweetened soft drinks are a significant source
of calorie intake in children,” said Dr. Feng He of
St. George’s University of London.
“It has been shown that sugar-sweetened soft drink
consumption is related to obesity in young people,”
He added in a statement.
“If children aged 4 to 18 years cut their salt
intake by half, there would be a decrease of
approximately two sugar-sweetened soft drinks per
week per child, so each child would decrease
calorie intake by almost 250 kilocalories per week.”
One pound of body weight equals 3,500 calories.
He and colleagues analyzed data from a 1997 national
survey of more than 2,000 people between 4 and 18 in
Britain. More than 1,600 boys and girls had salt and
fluid intake recorded in a diary, with everything they
ate and drank weighed.
“We found that children eating a lower-salt diet
drank less fluid,” He said. “From our research, we
estimated that 1 gram of salt cut from their daily
diet would reduce fluid intake by 100 grams per day.”
The children who ate less salt also drank fewer
sugar-sweetened soft drinks, and He predicted that
a 1 gram reduction in salt would reduce sugar-
sweetened soft drink consumption by 27 grams a
day, after factoring in age, gender, body weight
and level of physical activity.
He said parents should check labels, choose low-
salt food products and not add salt during cooking
and at the table.
“Small reductions in the salt content of 10 percent
to 20 percent cannot be detected by the human salt
taste receptors,” she said.
According to the American Heart Association, healthy
adults should reduce their sodium intake to less than
2,300 milligrams or 2.3 grams per day. This is about
1 teaspoon of salt.
According to Dr. Robert O. Young, a research scientist
at the pH Miracle Living Center stated today, “salt is
not the problem in causing obesty, hypertension or
high blood pressure. Dietary and metabolic acids
that are not properly eliminated through urination,
defecation, respiration or perspiration is the problem.
Dietary sugar and carbonation in soft drinks are both
highly acidic. Acids from soft drinks force the body
to retain fat to buffer these highly toxic acids to
protect the organs that sustain life. Adults and kids
are getting fat because of eating sugar not salt!
Salt does NOT cause obesity, high blood pressure or
heart attacks! Sugar and carbonic acid in soft drinks
causes obesity, high blood pressure and heart attacks.”
“The key is not to give up salt but to give up sugar
and carbonic acid to stay healthy and fit. Salt is
necessary to keep the heart beating. Without salt
your heart would stop beating. Sugar has the opposite
effect on the heart! Salt is necessary for ALL
functionality of the body. I have suggested for
years that eating liberal amounts of natural mineral
sea salts is a prerequisite for sustainable health,
energy and fitness. That is why our blood is salted
with sodium not sugar or carbonic acid!”
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