A New UK Study Shows That 70% Of Eight-Month-Old Babies Are Getting Too Much Salt In Their Diets.

A new UK study shows that 70% of eight-month-old babies are getting too much salt in their diets.
It's difficult to imagine how an infant could consume too much salt (sodium), but a new UK study shows that 70% of eight-month-old babies are getting too much salt in their diets. While the study was based in the UK, it's not a stretch to think that babies in the United States might have the same problem. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol and published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at over 1,200 babies. The researchers cited the sources of sodium as processed/salty foods, such as yeast extract, baked beans, gravy and tinned spaghetti, as well as cow's milk. (Note that babies should not be given cow's milk until they reach one year of age.) Too much salt is not healthy or safe for a baby. High sodium levels can do the following:
  • Damage developing kidneys
  • Give kids a taste for salty foods
  • Establish bad eating habits
Study findings:
  • Average infant began consuming solid foods between three and four months of age.
  • Eight month olds were consuming the highest amount of salt -- up to twice the recommended amount
The researchers, Dr. Pauline Emmett and Vicky Cribb, said the following:
"These findings show that salt intakes need to be substantially reduced in children of this age group. Infants need foods specifically prepared for them without added salt, so it is important to adapt the family diet. This research suggests that clear advice is needed for parents about what foods are suitable for infants. This should be given to all parents and carers and should include the important advice not to use cows' milk as a main drink before 12 months of age."
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