Are Your Kids Getting Too Much Salt?

Salt is everywhere and in just about every food we eat.  It is even in our drinks, well except for water.  Tho sodium is an important nutrient to our bodies, it can also have bad effects on our health in high amounts.  We are on a lower sodium diet here due to the honey’s blood pressure.  Yes it was quite high and that is an understatement.  Let’s just say that it was a “Dr’s eyes popping out of head while taking it” kind of high.  No it isn’t just because of salt because I didn’t really cook with much salt back before we knew of this, tho he would put salt on all of his food.

Now I rarely cook with salt and everything is lower sodium.  Our kids get the right amount of sodium throughout the day and do not get more then they should, especially not now.  I also do not want them to get too little, so it does even out throughout the day.  Especially with the amount of milk they drink.  Reading labels made me realize exactly how much sodium we were really getting in a day – I used to think we were not getting alot because I was not adding it.  Too many foods have more then enough in it!
I was already aware of the effects of sodium on adults with high blood pressure before reading this article because of our diet change, but was surprised at how this can affect kids! Here is an article from wfmz.com called: Too Much Salt Spells Health Troubles for Kids Too.  It is an eye opener!
Are your kids getting too much salt? With a few exceptions (we do splurge with dinner once and a while), most of the recipes I will share from now on will be a lower sodium or at least not a real high sodium meal as we don’t usually go over 1100 mgs of sodium per serving at dinner – usually it is less then that.  Take note that we do quite good with sodium during the day and dinner is our meal that we can have the rest of our daily sodium in.  We try to keep the sodium between 1500 and 2000 a day, usually for him closer to 1500.  Some recipes are just good and not as healthy and it will be noted in the recipe that it is a treat and not the healthiest, like my pizza lasagna I make as a treat.
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  • Julie G. Hughes

    Great article. We've been through the sodium-restricted diet nightmare with my husband, when his liver was failing.

    It is hideous, how much salt is added to our foods. What upset me was that meat departments add 'flavoring' to meats, chicken in particular, that is virtually all sodium. So you take a safe food and it's now inedible by someone on a restricted diet.

  • Leslie Westphal

    hi! i saw you through blog frog! we don't buy prepackaged foods anymore; mostly for sugar and trans fat concerns, but I guess salt plays a role in that too! thank you for opening my eyes about this!

  • OneMommy

    I need to start watching the sodium levels for our meals…
    The husband salts everything. I know his blood preasure has to be high…. I have been trying not to add salt when I cook, but I need to start looking at the levels fo the boxed/canned items I use.

  • Dawn Conklin

    Hi Julie, it is disturbing how much sodium is added to foods in the stores! I always thought we had a fairly low sodium diet before since I never really cooked with a lot of salt, but now reading labels was a wake up call! I am learning great ways to expand with our low sodium foods.

    We do treat ourselves occasionally to a meat that is higher in sodium, but then I just make all healthy stuff with it. I try to even it out!

  • Dawn Conklin

    Hi Leslie, it is surprising how much sodium is in these foods. I really found out how bad some of this stuff was once I started reading labels when we first learned of his blood pressure. I was never a big salt person and really don't cook with it much so I assumed our sodium intake was ok before. I was quite surprised that we were still getting so much!

  • Dawn Conklin

    Hi OneMommy, my Dad was always a salt person before his heart attack – not that it should scare you, my Dad had blockages NOT high blood pressure. But he was told now to keep salt down to a minimum.

    My honey loved his salt and his sugar, but has been doing quite well on a low sodium diet. I haven't got him away from the sugar yet tho lol!

    We use a lot of garlic, peppers and onions to season things. Also there is a spice called no salt seasoning. No it doesn't taste like salt, but your hubby might like the flavor added in food.

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