Have you noticed how frequently burger and chips meals tend to come with a side of soft drinks? There’s a simple reason for this: salty foods makes us thirsty. Unsurprisingly, children in the UK who eat too much salt often tend to drink a lot of sugary soft drinks. Calorie ladened, these drinks can increase their risk of developing obesity.
So, while not a direct cause of obesity, salt leads to calorie-loaded thirst quenching. By reducing salt intakes in their children’s meals parents can reduce thirst and therefore inappropriate fluid consumption. Or better still, stick to water. Both could indirectly reduce obesity levels via a reduction in sugary soft drinks.
While the focus of salt reduction tends to be on blood pressure in adults, getting children to eat less salty foods could be important in reversing the current trend of increasing childhood obesity.