Watch the amount of salt in baby food!
More than 70 percent of baby food packaging that is given by parents to their infants contains too much salt, according to research in the United States. This was discovered when researchers studied the amount of salt in packaged foods sold in United States.
“This is very dangerous because giving too much salt in children can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke in the future,” said Joyce Maalouf, lead researcher, as reported by the Huffington Post (21/03).
High blood pressure is considered as a disease that is only possessed by adults. In fact one of 20 children has blood pressure higher than normal blood pressure. High blood pressure can be associated with obesity that is starting to infect the children.
The American Heart Association recommends a maximum amount of 1,500 milligrams of sodium or salt per day for children. However, some food products that are sold contain 630 milligrams of salt per serving. Meanwhile, more than 70 percent of snacks for children contains 210 milligrams of sodium per serving.
Maalouf stressed the importance of parents to be very attentive to the amount of sodium contained in packaged foods consumed by their children. It’s important for parents to read nutrition labels and food labels before giving them to children.
Although too much salt is not good, but children still need salt for nutritional requirements. Researchers suggest that parents provide a natural source of sodium as in vegetables, legumes, fruits, yogurt, cheese, or whole grains.