This week is National Salt Awareness Week (Monday 20th – Sunday 26th March 2017)
This year’s Salt Awareness Week message is ‘Salt: The Forgotten Killer’. It’s easy for parents to unknowingly fill their children’s packed lunches with foods high in salt. But when it comes to snacks it’s an ongoing misconception that lots of snacks cannot be produced without the addition of salt.
National Salt Awareness week recommends you check food labels for salt (or sodium as it’s otherwise known) content in the foods you buy for your little one. Guidelines state the maximum daily salt intake by age is: 0-6 months <1g, 6-12 months 1g, 1-3 years 2g per 100g. And be aware there may be salt in foods that you would not expect it to be in, so check carefully.
The impact of a high salt diet in childhood
It is well known that a high salt intake is associated with high blood pressure in the adult population. There is now evidence to show that a high salt intake in children also influences blood pressure and may predispose an individual to the development of a number of diseases including, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and respiratory illnesses such as asthma, stomach cancer and obesity.
Furthermore, there is evidence that dietary habits in childhood and adolescence also influence eating patterns in later life. Liking salt and salty foods is a learned taste preference and the recommendation that the adult population reduce their sodium intake will be more successful if children do not develop a preference for salt in the first place. This can only be achieved if children are given a diet which is low in salt.
For a safe lunchbox option or for keeping little ones going between meals look out for the #Organix taste range of delicious baby finger foods and Goodies tasty toddler snacks and their NO Added Salt and No Junk Promise.