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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Watch Their Sodium Intake!

I already brought to your attention in previous posts that consuming too much salt can do a number on your health by causing many health issues and conditions. The same goes for our children when their sodium intake is too high.

One would suspect that someone was keeping an eye on meals, snacks, and other edible products, where our toddlers are concerned. There are guidelines which the Institute of Medicine and MyPlate.gov have set as to what a safe level of salt intake for young children would be, but many products exceed those levels by far.

Studies have shown that most packaged, microwavable, and savory snacks have the highest amount of sodium; much more then the recommended daily 1,000 and 1,500 milligrams for toddlers between the age of 1 to 3. This could lead to hypertension and hence to cardiovascular disease in later life.

Before you purchase those meals and snacks, you would do wisely to read the nutrition labels and find out what the sodium content per serving is. In the studies, anything over 210 mg of sodium per serving was considered as being high. That should give you some directions as what to look for.

Salt is needed, but there are limits and you better keep an eye on how much your children take in daily. Don't forget either that we lead by example. There is no limit to teaching our children to follow and live according to God's guidance and directions; they can never take in too much!

Matthew 5:13
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.


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