Parents should take a careful look at how much salt their children are consuming. A new study of more than 4,200 children found that found that those who eat salty foods also drink more sugary beverages, according to a news release from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, also found that for every gram per day of salt children consumed, they drank 17 grams per day of sugary-sweetened beverages. Children who drank more than one serving of a sugary drink per day were 26 percent more likely to be overweight or obese.
“The study adds to emerging evidence that a reduction in dietary salt intake may reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, which in turn may lower childhood obesity risk,” the news release states.
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