Salt in kids' food

Finding low-salt kids' foods might be harder than you think.
 
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01.Sneaky salt in kids' foods

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While the body requires salt in small doses for good health, the amount of salt creeping into foods, especially children’s food, is concerning.

Whether salt is added for its flavour or preservative qualities, it’s now seasoning much more than just chips, including cereals and even chocolate biscuits. 

In conjunction with The George Institute for Global Health, CHOICE reviewed the nutritional content of more than 240 products aimed at, or likely to be consumed by, children.

We found:

  • 49 products we classify as high in salt (at least 600mg sodium per 100g)
  • 140 with moderate salt levels (121-599mg per 100g) 
  • only 48 that were low in salt (120mg or less per 100g).

Alarmingly, 72 products, including cereal, sweet and savoury snacks, cheese and pre-packaged dinner products, have more sodium per 100g than Smith’s Original Flavour Crisps. Seventy one per cent of products high in sodium were also high in saturated fat or sugars.

How we chose the products

Our survey looked at products that stand out on the supermarket shelf as products suitable for children. We included products advertised through movies, music and cartoon characters, snacks packaged for the lunchbox and a selection of products commonly consumed by children.

 
 

 

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