One of the key messages of National Nutrition Month, to help you "Get Your Plate in Shape," is to cut back on salt.
That's important, because some studies have reported that children with low-salt diets may avoid high blood pressure as adults. And maybe even more important, salt intake has been linked to childhood obesity, as kids with high-salt diets have been reported to drink a lot of high-sugar, high-calorie drinks, which increases their risk for obesity.
An easy way to cut back on salt, in addition to simply adding less extra salt to your foods, is to learn which foods are high in salt, and eat less of them. Also check food labels to look for lower sodium versions of foods, which can sometimes mean simply choosing a different brand of the same food, eat more whole foods and fewer processed and packaged foods, and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.