CASH Comment - Infants eating too much

1st August 2011

“The fact that 70% of infants are consuming too much salt is really shocking” says Hannah Brinsden, Nutritionist at Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH).  “Too much salt can be harmful to the development of the kidneys and in the long term may lead to the infant acquiring a taste for salty food.

“Infants 12months and under should be eating less than 1g salt per day.  It is important to remember that when you start to wean your baby, you should avoid ready-made foods which are not specifically made for infants such as bread, breakfast cereal, baked beans, canned pasta and yeast extract because they contain a lot of salt. If you are unsure about whether a food is suitable for an infant, check the nutritional information on the food label.

“When preparing foods at home remember not to add any salt and don’t use salty ingredients such as cheese, stock or processed meats”.  

V L Cribb, J M Warren, P M Emmett.. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011; DOI: 10.1038/ejcn.2011.137