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Should You Salt a Child’s Food?

saltWith salt getting a bad rap for causing high blood pressure and other health problems, parents wonder if it’s safe to salt their children’s food. The exerts say, yes it is safe, as long as salt is used in moderation.

“High salt intake is linked with an increased risk of high blood pressure, and the American Heart Association and other groups recommend that children limit sodium intake to 1,500 to 2,300 milligrams a day (a teaspoon of salt contains about 2,300 milligrams of sodium). But kids typically get far more than that, usually from restaurant fare and processed foods, which account for 77 percent of the sodium in Americans’ diets.”

“Our sodium intake is well in excess of the requirements, and the challenge is that we control relatively little of that,” unless we cook from scratch, said Dr. William Dietz, chairman of the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University. The salt that a parent adds to food “is probably not going to tip the balance,” he said. “But parents — both fathers and mothers — should be reading nutrition labels and be cognizant of the amount of sodium that a food contains.”

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