Salt is considered an “enemy” of human health. We are all aware of its negative effects on high blood pressure and more. Still, people find it difficult to enjoy food without salt.
In my country is an old saying: “Food with salt, but salt withing measure”. And it is not hard for us to understand what is the right measure of salt. There are standards, national and international ones, that set the right measure of salt for adults on daily basis.
What about Kids?
When I was pregnant, I read about special measures I needed to take during pregnancy. One of the things emphasized was not to use too much salt in my food. When my baby was born, and achieved the phase to start using cooked food, number one recommendation was not to use salt and sugar in baby food. I found such thing surprisingly, but did not dare to disobey. The well-being of my baby was my top priority. Even today that my daughter is approaching age of 2, I still choose to use substitutes for salt, such as parmigiana cheese with more than 30 months seasoning period.
Until now, the only negative effect of sodium on little kids I was aware, was their inability to process salt in their little kidneys. But, a study I encountered these days in Science Direct, says there is more. The scientist had studied the effect of salinity drinking water on children’s education in Coastal Bangladesh. They found the drinking water having low to moderate salinity. And, its impacts on children of age 7 – 12 years old is to decrease children’s grade advancement likelihood by 6.7 percentage points.
Empirical studies in the same area did not find the same effect of salted water on children of age 13 – 18 years old. Nor any special impact on different genders.
So, apart kidneys, sound that salt is capable to diminish learning ability at little kids. And, we are talking about exposure to salt intakes since in early years of life.
How to protect Kids from Salt?
We, as parents play a crucial role in protecting our children from negative salt impact. Here are some advice what to do:
- Feed your babies with homemade food, most of the time.
- Do not use salt and sugar in your baby food during the first year of life.
- Even after year 1, prefer to use substitutes for salt (Parmesan cheese with more than 30 months seasoning period)
- Teach your child to eat food with low levels of salt.
- Avoid processed food – they contain high levels of sodium.
- Pay special attention of you child diet, until he/she turns 13.
We are all working hard for well-being of our children dear friends. We are the main architects of the childhood lifestyle. So, let’s teach our children to eat healthy and to live an active life. What are your thoughts on best way to do this? Share your success stories to help other parents around the world make it.
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