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    Posted: Mar/10/2011 at 4:11pm
You Docs: Tips for desalting your teen’s diet
 
By Mike Roizen and Mehmet Oz
 
The average teenager consumes more salt than any other age group: at least 3,800 mg of sodium a day. That’s way more than twice the ideal 1,500 mg.

Now for the good news. If teens cut their salt by just one-half tablespoon a day, the number of young adults ages 12 to 24 who have high blood pressure would drop as much as 63 per cent. That translates to a 9 per cent reduction in deaths by the time these kids turn 50.

But how do you get teens, who think they’re invincible, to make changes when the repercussions feel light years away? Here are a few sneaky ideas.

 Take them shopping: At the grocery store, give them a sodium allowance, then let them get as many fave foods as they can without busting their budget. Healthy choices almost inevitably fill up the cart.

 Eat together more often: Family dinners (low-salt ones, of course) have a good influence on children’s weight, waists and overall health. Ditto for salt. Yours too!

 Appoint a young chef for a day: Let him or her get creative. The only rule is no processed foods and no added salt. Instead, use pepper, coriander, garlic, basil — heck, try anything on the spice rack. Learning flavouring is a great “living life young” asset.

 
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