Parents are extremely careful to the food they give to their babies. Thus they are also scared of what might happen if their children have a poor diet. Can adding salt to baby food be dangerous, as infants organism works differently from adult one?
Before you throw yourself in panic, read how you can prepare healthy and nutritious food without harming baby’s body.
How does baby’s body work?
Children under six months receive all nutrition ingredients, minerals, and vitamins from breastmilk. But when it comes the time to give your child solid food, you start to wonder how he would bear this change?
Infants process the food ingredient differently, but still, sodium is an essential part of a balanced diet. Sodium takes a share of mineral composition and is important electrolyte in the blood.
In fact, babies’ bodies do need salt to be healthy, but there should be an absolute limit. A regular dose of sodium per day for children between 7 and 12 months is around 370mg/day.
Does the baby need salt?
We should say, No. Babies’ don’t recognize the taste of salty food. They’re unfamiliar with it, thus don’t feel their purees insipid. Many parents tempt to add salt to baby food salt because they think babies would like the taste of the food better.
It is not right. Adding salt can be unnecessary in the matter of flavor. Typically home prepared baby purees, still contain a little salt, depending on the used products. In a healthy homemade baby food, you don’t need to add extra salt.
Since infant need such a little amount of salt per day, how you trick your child to eat a tasteless puree? You can try other flavors or herbs or prepare foods rich in vegetables, which naturally contain salt.
Is adding salt to baby food dangerous for infants?
Babies’ bodies are more fragile indeed, but they still function like ours. When the food is digested the surplus ingredients go to the blood and then to all organs. Such a young children can have delicate kidneys, when attacked by too much sodium, coming from the salty food, they can malfunction. This can lead to renal failure. What are the kidneys and what do they do?
There is no actual data about high blood pressure among children under one year, proven to be caused by alkaline diet. Still, adding salt to baby food can cause various health problems, including high blood pressure.
Processed foods usually contain the little amount or no salt. Be careful not to mix food for children under one year, with meals for toddlers, as they provide with a higher volume of salt. Processed purees, besides salt additives, can also consist of hydrogenated oils, other unnecessary fats or preservatives, and no vitamins or minerals.
There are many baby foods, which are extra salty and you should avoid them. Don’t give your child salty biscuits, crackers, pizza, pies or other adult solid foods. Carefully read the labels and look for added salt or sugar.
Foods like eggs, fruits, and vegetables, rice, meat or fish are nutritious and salt-free.