Low Salt Diet for Children & Adults
Our bodies only require a small amount of salt for proper nutrition. But the fact is that we all, including our children, consume way more salt -or rather, the sodium - than we should.
Why should we care how much salt (sodium) our children consume?
What is the recommended daily intake of salt (sodium)?
The adult recommended daily intake of sodium in the U.S. is less than 2,400 mg. But, you may be interested to note the the daily recommendation in the UK is less than 1,600 mg! That's quite a difference.
So, who do you trust?
It doesn't take much shopping and looking at the nutrition information on foods to find that they hold a LOT of sodium.
I personally think that the government's recommendation of sodium intake is influenced by prepared food production. I think that they've taken into account how American's can reduce sodium intake without too much impact on the economy.
But, then again, depending on which association you check, you'll find different recommendations from them all.
There are no intake recommendations for children, but I think that they are important due to the formation of eating habits that I mentioned above.
So, what's a person to do?
Of course, a person should follow the advice of his/her doctor.
But, for me - a healthy adult with great blood pressure - I just use my common sense to guide me.
Tips for easy, common sense salt reduction:
Forming good "salting" habits now, will make things a lot easier for your children in the future. Do it for them, and you'll be doing it for you too!
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Laura Bankston is author of Internationally selling Cooking with Kids Curriculum: ï¿œHomeschool Cooking in a Boxï¿œ and the ï¿œHomeschool Cookbookï¿œ. Her articles are published online and in home schooling magazines such as The Homeschool Digest. She currently home schools her three children and maintains home school support websites. For information on her curriculum and free home school support services, please visit http://www.homeschoolcookbook.com
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