Researchers say there is a connection between too much sodium and obesity, especially in kids. I know sodium makes me look and feel swollen, but I never thought it made me gain weight. The study was done in Britain and published this week in an American Heart Association Journal.
Basically, the research showed kids who eat meals and snacks with a lot of salt don't tend to drink water to quench their thirst. They tend to drink soda and a lot of it. One of the co-authors of the study says salt is a hidden culprit in the obesity epidemic.
Researchers suggest by limited salt intake, kids will drink fewer sodas and, therefore, gain less weight. Of course, there are other benefits to limiting salt like lowering blood pressure and keeping hearts healthy.
The researchers would like manufacturers to gradually start lowering the amount of salt in foods. As one newsanchormom.com reader stated earlier this week, " Eventually foods that you liked the flavor of before will start to taste salty."
Between this story and the Campbell's soup story that came out earlier this week, I think someone is trying to tell me I eat too much salt!