Baby Food Findings: Too Much Salt & Sugar
Even at a young age, the high intake of sugar and salt increases the risk of future health problems, so parents should sit up and demand food manufacturers offer more healthy alternatives
By now, we’re well aware of the health risks of too much salt and sugar in our daily diet. Many Americans are taking it seriously by making changes like cutting out packaged and processed foods and steering clear of the drive-through. But a new report announces something that should make us all a little uneasy: babies and toddlers are getting too much S&S too – and we’re giving it to them.
“Of the 79 infant mixed grains and fruits, almost half, 41, contained one added sugar; 35 of these had 35 percent of their calories coming from sugar.”
Food for toddlers didn’t fare any better: the report found 72 percent of dinners for children ages 3-5 contains more than 210 mg of sodium.
Because high intake of sugar and salt increases the risk of health problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes, parents should sit up and demand food manufacturers offer more healthy alternatives. Read more about the findings here.