High salt consumption habits of children can have serious consequences, such as slowing down puberty and fertility problems in the future, according to new research. High consumption of salt is when the amount of salt intake is three to four times the recommended amount of salt intake.
The study concluded that increased salt levels in food consumption can have significant consequences for the reproductive health of future generations. In addition to resulting in reduced fertility, stress levels are also higher in these children, say researchers from the United States.
"High consumption of fat suspected of accelerating puberty, but our study also found that rats fed a high salt intake even with high fat will still show symptoms of puberty delays," said study lead author, Dori Pitynski, from the University of Wyoming, as reported by the Daily Mail, Wednesday (20/05/2015).
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that people around the world consume more salt than is necessary. A large number of people found to consume more than 5g of salt (about one teaspoon) per day for adults.
Salt containing sodium or sodium is found naturally in many foods, including milk, cream and eggs. It is also found, much higher, in processed foods, such as bread, meat, processed spices, and other snacks.