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Toddlers’ Meals, Snacks Found To Be Loaded With Sodium

March 21, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. Centers for Disease Control scientists who tested 1,115 packaged meals and snacks for babies and toddlers found that almost three fourths of toddler foods had more than 210 mg of sodium per serving. Toddler meals tended to have much more salt per serving than baby foods: some had as much as 630 mg of sodium per serving. That’s about 40 percent of the daily amount recommended by the American Heart Association. The researchers said the less salt in a baby’s or toddler’s diet, the less they are likely to want in their foods as they grow older. Studies have shown that consuming excessive amounts of sodium is associated with the development of high blood pressure.
Joyce Maalouf et al., "Most Pre-Packaged Meals Snacks for Toddlers Contain Too Much Salt", News release, presentation at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 scientific sessions, March 21, 2013, © American Heart Association
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