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:
- Burritos & Tacos
- Breads & Rolls
- Cold Cuts and Cured Meats
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.
Source: American Heart Association