Limiting salt intake of children may be one way to reduce childhood obesity, new research suggests.A study of more than 4200 children from 2 to 16 years old from Australia showed that those who ate more salt - drink plenty of fluids, especially sugar-sweetened beverages, namely soda, fruit drinks, flavored mineral water, as well as sports and energy drinks.
Previous studies carried sugar-sweetened beverages to the causes of childhood obesity, which has tripled in the last 30 years.Boys 12 to 19 years old drank on average about 623 grams of soda sweetened with sugar per day - this is almost two banks, as compared with 283 grams of milk.The girls also consume a little less - about 397 grams of soda with sugar and 170 grams of milk every day.
In the new study, children who ate at least one serving of sugar-sweetened beverages a day, 26% more likely was the acquisition of overweight and obesity.Children who drank a sugar-sweetened beverages, ate an average of 6.5 grams of salt per day, compared to 5.8 gram
What about the salt shaker?
researchers did not take into account the use of salt at the table or in cooking is used in calculating the results."It is likely that the amount of salt, transmitted in this article is not accurate," - says K. Grimes."It's hard to imagine how unaccounted salt would affect the relationship with sugar-sweetened beverages," - she says.
«If salty food makes children thirsty to drink more sugary drinks, it may not have connection with the investigation," - said K. Grimes."It is possible that the association may be partly due to the clustering of unhealthy dietary behavior."Users who prefer savory snacks generally prefer soda water.In the end, people usually order fries and Coke, and vice versa.But, according to K. Grimes, "the idea that eating more salt increases the consumption of sugary drinks kids plausible, based on studies in adults and animals.""It's one of the reasons that the bars offer free peanuts, snacks, popcorn: they know that eating these foods makes people thirsty, pushing them to buy more drinks," - she says.
Grimes in the study, 62% of participants reported significantly less use of sugar-sweetened beverages, than 80% of children in research.
Barry Popkin, associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, said that "Australian children do not eat as much soda or sports drinks, but they make it drink fruit juice and as likely to be overweight or obese."
«One of the drawbacks in the study Grimes was that fruit juice, which has the same effect as that of drinks with added sugar, was not taken into account when considering the use of sugary drinks kids," - B. says Popkin.
The study was published online in the journal Pediatrics.