Concerns have been raised over children's salt intake, after Australian researchers found that many children are eating as much salt as adults – which could set them up for health problems later in life.
The research studied over 200 children aged five to 13 and found that seven in ten went over the recommended upper limit for sodium.
The data will be presented at the International Congress of Dietetics in Sydney by Professor Caryl Nowson.
"We know that a high salt intake pushes up blood pressure, and that’s linked with serious conditions like heart disease and stroke," Professor Nowson said.
"A hot dog alone provides about 65 per cent of an eight year old's maximum daily salt limit."
These findings have alarmed the National Heart Foundation of Australia, with the cardiovascular health director Dr Robert Grenfell commenting on September 4, that reducing salt was essential in improving heart health in Australia.
"Children who have a diet high in salt often develop a taste for it and carry that damaging behaviour into adult life," Dr Grenfell said.
"Sadly, if there is no action to improve our children’s food habits we are setting them up for a high chance of heart disease later in life."
Health insurance could help your family to address your family's medical needs.
If you place health as a top priority, a family health insurance plan can help to get the appropriate care and treatment for your family's medical conditions.