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01 August 2011

Too much salt on infants' food

78% of eight-month-old babies have a sodium chloride intake higher than the recommended UK maximum level, due to being fed salty and processed foods like yeast extract.

78% of eight-month-old babies have a sodium chloride intake higher than the recommended UK maximum level, due to being fed salty and processed foods like yeast extract, gravy, baked beans and tinned spaghetti.

The researchers found that the majority of infants were first introduced to solids around 3-4 months, with the mean salt intake for the highest group at 8 months more than double the maximum recommendation for that age group (400mg sodium per day up to 12 months).

 
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