Low Salt Diet Tips for Kids and Adults

Our bodies only require a small amount of salt for proper nutrition. But the fact is that we all, including our children, consume way more salt -or rather, the sodium - than we should.

Why should we care how much salt (sodium) our children consume?

  • Too much salt (sodium) creates risk for high blood pressure and higher risk for heart attack. And, we women know salt's affect on bloating!

  • The eating habits of our children will continue in their adulthood - and all too frequently less healthy than they were reared when they face busy schedules they haven't expereinced before.

    What is the recommended daily intake of salt (sodium)?

    The adult recommended daily intake of sodium in the U.S. is less than 2,400 mg. But, you may be interested to note the the daily recommendation in the UK is less than 1,600 mg! That's quite a difference.

    So, who do you trust?

    It doesn't take much shopping and looking at the nutrition information on foods to find that they hold a LOT of sodium.

    I personally think that the government's recommendation of sodium intake is influenced by prepared food production.

    I think that they've taken into account how American's can reduce sodium intake without too much impact on the economy.

    But, then again, depending on which association you check, you'll find different recommendations from them all.

    There are no intake recommendations for children, but I think that they are important due to the formation of eating habits that I mentioned above.

    So, what's a person to do?

    Of course, a person should follow the advice of his/her doctor.

    But, for me - a healthy adult with great blood pressure - I just use my common sense to guide me.

    Tips for easy, common sense salt reduction:

  • Use less salt than recommended in a recipe. I've never found it to affect the taste. Most of the time I totally leave it out - especially if it's accompanied by a product that already contains salt/sodium.

  • Don't let your kids salt at the table. The only time salt is on my dinner table is when company is over. I think that my two younger kids don't even realize that people salt their food at the table. If you do decide to let your kids have additional salt - put it on for them. It comes out faster than they realize and it's hard to see!

  • Check the nutrition label of every food that you buy. You will quickly become aware of how much sodium is in cereal, bread, canned goods, bacon, frozen foods, etc. Having an awareness of how much sodium you are consuming will make reduction much easier

  • Buy low-salt or low-sodium versions of a product. Why eat the extra sodium when you'll adjust to the difference in taste (if any) in a few bites?

  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • Substitute salt with other spices that will give food flavor without adding sodium

    Forming good "salting" habits now, will make things a lot easier for your children in the future. Do it for them, and you'll be doing it for you too!

    About The Author

    Laura Bankston is author of Internationally selling Cooking with Kids Curriculum: "Homeschool Cooking in a Box" and the "Homeschool Cookbook". Her articles are published online and in home schooling magazines such as The Homeschool Digest. She currently home schools her three children and maintains home school support websites. For information on her curriculum and free home school support services, please visit http://www.homeschoolcookbook.com

    laura@homeschoolcookbook.com

    In The News:


  • pen paper and inkwell


    cat break through


    The True Weight Loss Approach ? Five Step Common Sense Plan!

    Some of you will not like what I have to... Read More

    The Right Way to Eat for Better Health and Weight Loss

    Did you know that how and when you eat is... Read More

    Panic After WLS: Im Succeeding at Weight Loss: Now What?

    The fear of success arises in patients when they realize... Read More

    Feeling Tired? Cant Lose Weight? Tap Into Protein Power!

    You're always hungry right? The last thing you have time... Read More

    QuickTips for Healthy Weight Loss

    More than any other time in history, people are all... Read More

    Blow Those Fat Cells to Smitherines in Just 9 Short Days

    Close kept secrets to weight loss: Give me 9 days... Read More

    Spare Muscle Mass and Power, Lose the Fat

    The goal of many athletes and exercisers is to "get... Read More

    How To Get Past a Weight Loss Plateau

    Everyone who has ever been on a diet has hit... Read More

    Say No To Obesity

    Obesity still remains one of the commonest avoidable causes of... Read More

    Pathological Eating Disorders and Poly-Behavioral Addiction

    When considering that pathological eating disorders and their related diseases... Read More

    The Secret to Reaching Your Ideal Weight

    There are many books and internet articles written about weight... Read More

    Weight Control For Webmasters

    Are you gaining weight sitting in front of the computer?... Read More

    Gastric Bypass Surgery ? What Happens Afterwards?

    After patients have had gastric bypass surgery comes a very... Read More

    BuildingMoreThanBodies: Best Proteins For Burning Body Fat and Building Lean Muscles and Strong Bone

    Lean turkeyLean ground beefChicken breastFish, halibut, orange roughy,More fish, shark,... Read More

    Exercise Resistance! - The Secret Barriers that Prevent Weight Loss

    Getting started on an exercise program is one thing. Staying... Read More

    Weight Loss: Keeping Your Results Over the Summer

    Having just returned from a week of basking on a... Read More

    Five Tips for Easy Weight Loss!

    Weight loss is a hot topic among people today, especially... Read More

    Empowerment and Self-Control - What it Really Takes to get Control of your Weight

    Chant the following each day, several times. They are mantras... Read More

    Overcoming the 7 Roadblocks to Maintaining Weight Loss

    1. Become aware of what you are eating.Before I started... Read More

    Metabolism Drug Induced Weight Loss Can Be Effective, But Are You Aware Of The Risks?

    A metabolism drug like ephedrine, has shown many people how... Read More

    The Miraculous Claims of the Zone Diet

    One way of recognizing a fad diet is... Read More

    Saboteurs to Your Weight Loss Plans

    Saboteurs are people and thoughts that are going to sabotage... Read More

    Diet Fads: Supermarket Sheep

    Eighteen or twenty years ago, I was into high protein,... Read More

    Bodybuilding Weightloss Diet Tips And Strategies

    Just the facts on bodybuilding weightloss strategies that work. No... Read More

    Negative Calorie Foods FAQs

    What is negative calorie effect? Whatever food we eat,... Read More

    Natural Weight Losss: The Minor Changes That Can Have Huge Affects On Your Future Health

    People always ask me " how it is that your... Read More

    Eating Food Just to Be Rid of It

    What to Do with the Leftovers?Okay, tell me if you've... Read More

    Four Steps to Hunger Control

    Axiom Number Two: Hunger ControlTrying to lose weight without understanding... Read More

    2 Simple Steps to Effective Weight Loss

    It's agreed that if you raise the amount of calories... Read More

    The Psychology of Weight Loss ? Getting to the Roots of the Matter!

    The Psychology of Weight Loss ? Your Approach!We have missed... Read More

    Weight Loss Surgery: A Last Resort

    Thinking about weight loss surgery? You're not alone. Over two-thirds... Read More

    Common Sense Exercise: Weight Loss Solutions for the Common Man or Woman

    Diet and Exercise. They are the inseparable twins that are... Read More

    Successful WLS Patients Make Right Their Nutritional Wellness

    It seems there are two schools of behavior patients follow... Read More