Being a dietitian I have consulted numerous children with their families about the child’s dietary intake. I did noticed that the children were eating alot of processed foods which in turn have alot of sodium. When the study came out from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center of Disease Control about the children in the U.S. eat almost as much salt as adults and the study also found a clear link between sodium intake and higher blood pressure. For more information about the study click here.
So how much sodium should a child have per day? A child should have less than 2300 mg of sodium per day which is equivalent to one teaspoon of salt. Most physicians agree that a diet high in sodium contributes to high blood pressure, which, in turn, is a known risk factor for heart disease, America’s number one cause of death. But how can parents cut down their child’s sodium intake? The most important thing is to start reading the food labels and understand what is in the food you are eating and preparing. In order to learn how you can change your child’s eating habits is to speak to a Registered Dietitian. Living Healthy provides customized nutritional consulting service at www.livinghealthy1.org . Start making changes today to improve your child’s eating habits for a life time.