March is National Kidney Month, and in recognition of this, Dr. Grossman from WVU Medicine Children’s Hospital is encouraging families to adopt low salt diets to improve health and prevent high blood pressure.
For children, high blood pressure is prevalent when they are overweight or obese, and is even higher in children with chronic kidney disease.
Low salt foods would include fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. Grossman says to avoid canned foods.
“75% of our salt in our American diet is coming from those processed foods and food that comes from the restaurants. So make sure when you call the restaurants that they can pretty much make you a meal with very low salt,” said Dr. Oulimada Grossman, Pediatric Nephrologist. “When you have to buy the canned food, make sure you rinse them, or read the label and make sure it’s less than 200 milligrams per serving size because that’s pretty much the lowest, less than 10% of what you will need in a day,” she added.
It is recommended to consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day, but the average amount consumed is nearly 3,400 milligrams daily.