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Young babies consuming too much salt

Research suggests babies may be eating too much salt

Concerns that the vast majority of eight-month-old babies are consuming too much salt could lead parents to shun processed foods in favour of homemade recipe ideas.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Bristol found 70 per cent of such tots are fed more than the maximum recommended level for salt, due to diets consisting of items such as tinned spaghetti and baked beans.

Nutritionists involved in the research Dr Pauline Emmett and Vicky Cribb said there is a need for the salt intake of infants "to be substantially reduced".

"Infants need foods specifically prepared for them without added salt, so it is important to adapt the family diet," they stated.

Parents might want to prepare homemade dishes for their tots that contain less salt than pre-made alternatives and they may wish to include pureed vegetables to the meals, as scientists at Pennsylvania State University found this is a relatively simple way to encourage kids to consume vegetables.

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