Pizza is the single biggest contributor of sodium to the diets of young Americans, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) published recently in the journal Nutrition.
Pizza accounted for 10 percent of total daily sodium intake for teenagers, followed by chicken dishes, bread, pasta dishes and Mexican dishes. Kids ages 6 to 11 also got the biggest share of their daily sodium intake (eight percent) from pizza. For adults under 50, pizza ranked third among top sodium sources, after chicken dishes and bread. Also troubling, pizza accounted for nearly eight percent of teenagers’ daily calories.