Is your child eating a lot of salty food? If yes, it can have an adverse impact on their health in future.
You won’t even know how much salt your child is consuming as it is mostly hidden in a lot of food items! If you want to know more about it, here are a few useful questions related to salt in your child’s diet:
Food without salt is unheard of. The elemental name of salt is sodium chloride. Salt in regulated amounts is required to maintain the fluid balance in our body. Exceeding of these limits though will lead to higher blood pressure and many other serious health issues.
Babies are usually quite fast in developing a liking towards salty food. This liking is likely to be carried on to their adulthood and can thus put them at risk to various health issues later.
Apart from table salt that we sprinkle on our dishes, there are a lot of hidden salt in our food that we do not know about. Pre-packaged and processed foods are the main contributors to sodium in food. Some food items with hidden salts are as follows:
To substitute for the flavour of salt, you can add tangy flavoured ingredients like lemon juice, tamarind, tomatoes in their food. Even dried or fresh herbs do the trick.
Some tips to avoid giving hidden salt to your kids are as follows:
Salt usually masks the flavour of the dish. Skipping salt allows your baby to explore new and fresh flavours of the food and ultimately helps the baby in developing a healthy palate through their growing years.