There is a new CDC study that shows that toddler foods are containing way too much added salt and sugar
(The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States).
The researchers said that in contrast to foods advertised as being for toddlers, “all but two of the 657 infant vegetables, dinners, fruits, dry cereals and ready-to-serve mixed grains and fruits were low sodium.”
The researchers advise parents to read food labels carefully and select healthier choices, and If possible to prepare the food themselves and not use packaged food at all.
The consequences from this type of foods are :
- 1 in 4 U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight or obese — and that almost 80 percent of kids ages 1 to 3 exceed the recommended maximum level of daily salt, which is 1,500 milligrams. Excess sugar and salt can contribute to obesity and elevated blood pressure as early as childhood, but also later in life.
- 1 in 9 children have blood pressure above the normal range for their age and that sodium — excess sodium — is related to increased blood pressure,” said the CDC’s Mary Cogswell, the study’s lead author. “Blood pressure tracks from when children are young up through adolescence into when they’re adults. Eating foods which are high in sodium can set a child up for high blood pressure and, later on, for cardiovascular disease.”
So after reading the CDC report the conclusion is that most important thing for parents is to look the food labels carefully and select accordingly.