Study: Packaged meals for toddlers have too much salt

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 7:00 PM

(KMOV.com) – A new study found nearly 75 percent of pre-packaged meals and snacks for toddlers have too much salt.

It’s added as a preservative and for flavor. Researchers looked at the sodium in more than one thousand foods for babies and toddlers.

“The effect is probably cumulative over time where the longer you have that increased sodium level coming in, the more likely you’ll end up with hypertension as an adult,” said pediatrician Rd. Suzanna Kaseta.

For the study, a product was considered high in salt if it had more than 210 milligrams of sodium per serving, or 14 percent of the daily recommended allowance.

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