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24 March 2011

Are you a salt savvy parent?

In today's fast paced fast food world the detrimental consequence is that children are eating far too much salt without their moms and dads even being aware of it.

In today’s fast paced world where convenient snacks and instant meals are easily available to suit parents’ busy time tables, the detrimental consequence is that children are eating far too much salt without their moms and dads even being aware of it. As a parent, do you know how much salt your child is eating?

  • Increases blood pressure.
  • Causes calcium losses from bones leading to thin, fragile bones which for teenage girls could mean an increased risk of osteoporosis later in life.
  • Heightens thirst for sugary drinks which is known to contribute to overweight/obesity in the long run. Obesity is an increasing problem in SA - 17% of children between the ages of 1-9 years are either overweight or obese.

Children are consuming as much or even more salt than adults, yet they need much less:

  • More than 1.5g per 100g are HIGH in salt – avoid these!
  • Less than 0.3g per 100g are LOW in salt – choose these more often!

TOTAL SALT

 
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