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Salty Six for Kids

Most kids get too much salt, but you can help set them on a healthier path from the start by learning what the highest sodium foods kids are eating.

  • About 90% of kids eat too much sodium.
  • Kids’ preferences for salt-tasting foods are shaped early in life.
  • Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing how foods are produced, purchased, prepared and served

Foods that add the most sodium to the diet, ages 6-18:

  1. Pizza
  2. Burritos & Tacos
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Breads & Rolls
  5. Cold Cuts and Cured Meats
  6. Soups

The sodium kids eat comes from every meal and snack:

  • 14% at breakfast
  • 31% at lunch
  • 39% at dinner
  • 16% at snack time

Most of the sodium kids eat is already in the foods they get from: grocery stores, restaurants, school cafeterias and NOT from the salt shaker.

Foods that add the most sodium to the diet at ages 6-18


Source: American Heart Association