Researchers are suggesting that cutting back on the salt is a good way to cut calories.
According to a British study published today in an American Heart Association journal, researchers say kids who load up on salty meals and snacks and get thirsty too often turn to calorie-filled sodas.
A co-author of the study says salt is "a hidden factor in the obesity epidemic."
Researchers say not only could less salt translate to fewer soft drinks and therefore fewer calories, but a modest reduction in salt has already been shown to lower blood pressure.
Researchers say reducing salt in manufactured foods can be done gradually, without the public even noticing.