Early School Health Radio Shows — 08 June 2015
Healthy Eating for Families and Sodium

How to help your kids reduce their salt intake.

Kids and Salt

So, how much sodium do you think your children eat? Most children need 1000 to 1500 mg of sodium a day, yet 90% of children aged four to eight eat more than that. But we can help them eat less salt by offering more fresh foods prepared at home, and choosing lower sodium foods at the grocery store and when eating out. Pediatrician and co-author of The Good Food Book for Families  Dr. Cheryl Mutch says reading the Nutrition Facts Table on all packaged foods can also help us reduce sodium. “We’re probably all getting too much sodium if we’re not paying attention to what we’re eating and if we’re not looking at those nutrition facts table. If you ignore those nutrition facts tables, you are probably eating far more sodium than you think because a lot of the foods that are high in sodium don’t even taste salty. Easiest way to lower the sodium in your diet is to go for non-processed foods, fruits and vegetables, foods that have no added sodium.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Pediatrician and co-author of The Good Food Book for Families  Dr. Cheryl Mutch. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.

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