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.