Sugar & Salt: Salt Intake Can Affect Sugar Intake, Study Says
Posted Oct 02 2008 3:12pm
Note from Connie: A fascinating study comes from the U.K. that draws a connection between salt intake and sugar intake. Jennifer Moore brings you details.
If young kids and adolescents cut their salt intake, they'd also lower the amount of sugar-sweetened sodas they drink, a team of researchers based at St. George's, University of London in the United Kingdom concludes in the journal Hypertension.
Indeed, the U.K. scientists indicated that they found "a highly significant association between salt intake and sugar-sweetened soft drink consumption."
Furthermore, the St. George's team estimates that if British kids cut their salt intake in half, there would be an average reduction of more than 2 sugary sodas a week. That translates into 244 fewer calories a week for every British youngster.
If American kids cut the same amount of salt, it could result in a reduction of about 190,000 tons of sugar consumed by all American youngsters per year, this study finds. (Yikes, that's a massive amount of sugar!)