Salty Six for Kids Infographic
Most kids get too much salt, but you can help set them on a healthier path from the start by learning what the highest sodium foods kids are eating.
About 90% of kids eat too much sodium.
Kids’ preferences for salt-tasting foods are shaped early in life.
Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing how foods are produced, purchased, prepared and served.
Foods that add the most sodium to the diet, ages 6-18
- Cold cuts/cured meats
- Savory snacks
The sodium kids eat comes from every meal and snack:
- 15% at breakfast
- 30% at lunch
- 39% at dinner
- 16% at snack time
Most of the sodium kids eat is already in the foods they get from: grocery stores, restaurants, school cafeterias and not from the salt shaker.
Learn more at heart.org/sodium
Source: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/children-sodium/ Vital Signs Sodium Intake Among U.S. School-Aged Children – 2009-2010
Article copyright © 2016 American Heart Association.