Just like many of us don’t think twice before eating a high sodium diet, thanks to their salt-embracing taste buds, children sail in the same boat. From the very beginning, they develop taste for high sodium food which affects their health, slowly and gradually. According to the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), the maximum salt intake for kids aged upto 7 years, ranges from less than 1 gm to less than 5 gram (respectively). But, our children’s salt-intake is generally more than the recommended limit. If they continue like this, their health may get adversely affected upon entering adulthood. That is why dieticians and paediatricians generally recommend parents to prepare healthy snacks for kids that are low in sodium.
Ensuring a healthy future for your kid is your responsibility. Here is a comprehensive guide which will tell you why you should let your kids eat low sodium food:
High-sodium foods are not healthy for your kid’s heart
High-sodium foods cause obesity
How To Control Your Kid’s Salt Intake?
First and foremost, whenever you are buying packaged food products, be it bread or breakfast cereal, check their nutrition labels very carefully and select the ones that have minimum sodium content. Moreover, keep ketchups, sweet and sour sauces, BBQ sauces etc. out of your kid’s reach because they have high sodium content. You can go for healthy alternatives like tomato chutney, avocado dip, yogurt sauce etc.
You can find sodium-rich foods everywhere and you also know that your kids love them to the core. This makes it all the more difficult for you to feed them with healthy food. However, there are some amazing home and school snacks for kids that you can prepare for a nutrition-rich meal. From oatmeal to egg salad sandwiches, sweet potato fries to grilled vegetables, there are numerous healthy yet tasty dishes which you can try.
In case, your kid wants to eat some snacks, you can bring home Slurrp Farm’s Tasty Mighty Munch in delicious flavours like Cheese And Herbs and Tangy Tomato as these are loaded with nutritional benefits of supergrains. You can also offer your kid Slurrp Farm’s Choco Ragi Puffs and let him or her enjoy health in scrumptious ways.
Also, our lifestyles have changed completely and the bad part is, it’s not something we want to be proud of. The same is happening to our kids. They understand our patterns and start following our footsteps. This is where the problem begins. So to inspire your kid to eat right including low sodium foods, you need to make certain lifestyle changes yourself.
Remember, don’t preach what you can’t practice!