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Youngsters warned over salt intake

Youngsters have been warned over the dangers of consuming too much salt after a poll revealed that one in six under-18s eat a ready-made meal or take-away every day.

Under-18s typically had three or more of the meals each week, with 16% saying they eat them at least once a day, according to a study of 3,000 people released by Siemens and The Stroke Association.

Blood pressure can increase, putting people at risk of stroke, should they eat too much salt and exercise too little.

Almost a third (64%) of people of all ages said they were unconcerned by their salt intake, while 57% could not say if they adhered to the recommended 6g or under a day.

More than nine out of 10 (92%) of people knew consuming too much salt was bad for their health, but 40% were unable to recognise that 6 g, or one teaspoon, of salt was the maximum daily intake.

Under-18s were the most likely to check the salt content of food (21% vs 10% national average), despite the fact they were far more likely to eat ready-made foods and take-aways.

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