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Expert advises against using salt in recipe ideas

Parents have been urged to cut down on salt

Parents have been advised not to include salt in their modern British recipes if they hope to reduce their children's intake of the product.

Dr Carrie Ruxton, nutritionist for the Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS), explained many youngsters eat too much food that is high in sodium.

While babies are born with a natural preference for sweet and salty goods and it is natural to enjoy these flavours, she recommended encouraging kids to enjoy a variety of snacks so they stay healthy.

Dr Ruxton also reminded parents to minimise the amount of processed foods they supply, while avoiding adding salt during cooking or leaving it on the dinner table.

Getting children to share recipe ideas and providing practical experience may also be beneficial, as the expert suggested youngsters could eat more healthily if they are involved.

"We need more opportunities for young people to learn how to cook simple meals," she said.

The comments came after the HSIS found many British children are risking serious illness in adulthood because of inappropriate diets.

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