08 August 2011

Ongoing study finds infants consuming too much salt, number one culprit cow's milk

It’s true—most people have no idea what they’re eating on a daily basis. By consuming super processed and manufactured foods, and especially fast food, you’re either not reading the labels or there aren’t any to begin with. But we should not be subjecting our babies to this.

Nutritionists at the University of Bristol started conducting an ongoing study in the early 1990’s dubbed “Children of the 90’s."

This study found that 70% of infants are consuming too much salt. The government’s scientific advisory committee on nutrition advises that young ones between 7—12 months should have no more than 1g of salt a day.

The biggest culprits? Cow’s milk (number 1) as an infant’s main drink, too much processed food, tinned food, canned pasta, and salty flavorings are the leaders of concern.

High levels of salt consumed while young can harm developing kidneys, cause high blood pressure as well as lead to poor nutritional habits later into adult life.

It’s extremely important to nourish ourselves, not to mention our innocent babies which have no say in what they eat. Parents are responsible for reading labels and being aware of what they are feeding their children, though the food industry should take responsibility as well. Until they do, keeping your child’s food as close to the earth as possible is key to optimum health and nutrition.

Kelly Beth | @veganbotanicals
Kelly Beth is a smiley vegan herbalist and wanderer, and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado with her fiancé and kitty (kitty face). She created twig & leaf botanicals, a vegan & organic herbal apothecary 3 years ago to bring healthy, plant-based alternatives to mainstream medicine and home care. Follow Kelly Beth on her blog and Facebook.

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