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. Bread and rolls
  2. Pizza
  3. Sandwiches
  4. Cold cuts and cured meats
  5. Soup
  6. Burritos and tacos

The sodium kids eat comes from every meal and snack:

  • 14% at breakfast
  • 31% at lunch
  • 39% at dinner
  • 16% at snacktime

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