This article in The San Francisco Chronicle -- courtesy of the Associated Press -- sheds light on a disturbing trend among children: higher incidences of kidney stones.
"At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, for example, the number of children treated for kidney stones since 2005 has climbed from about 10 a year to five patients a week now, said Dr. Pasquale Casale."
Although pediatric kidney stones are often attached to inborn metabolic defects, the majority of these new cases involve children who test negative for such disorders.
One very likely culprit? Processed diets (specifically the high levels of sodium they contribute) within the context of low fluid intake.
This demonstrates, as I have been saying for slightly over a year now, that sodium is well on its way to becoming the next "hot button" ingredient (following in the footsteps of trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, whole grains, and Omega-3 fatty acids).
Expect even more companies to offer low-sodium varieties of products -- particularly ones aimed at children.
The sugar lobbyists, I'm sure, are popping a bottle of champagne as I type these words!