How much Salt and Sugar should your baby consume?

We’ve heard numerous stories about many detrimental efforts sugar and salt could cause to your baby’s health especially when they are less than a year old. There are lots of uncertainties among young mums when it comes to this subject. Infants who are less than a year old generally need less than 1g of salt a day within first 12 months. Toddlers who are in the ages between 1 year and 3 years should only eat less than 2g or salt a day. Within the first 6 months of their life, most babies get adequate salt from either breast milk or milk formula they consume.

Little babies organs such as kidneys aren’t able to deal with excessive portions of salt at this stage of their life. Excessive sugar around this time of their life could later result in further health complications such as hypertension, osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory illness during adult life.

There are other options to combat this issue in making food taste better by adding various spices, natural sweeteners such as date syrups ( after 8 months), honey (after 1 year) instead of sugar or salt. You should also encourage your baby to eat veggies and fruits and it doesn’t matter whether these veggies and fruits are fresh, frozen, or tinned as long as they are served with no added sugar.

As they baby start to wean be cautious in giving away food such as adult breakfast cereals and pastas as those could contain high portions of salt. Commercial baby food generally has low salt content as they have been processed by intentionally adding low amounts of salt. Rice and dried pasta are also low in salt as long as you don’t add salt to cooking water. It’s also important to learn to read food labels. For example, 2.5g of salt is equivalent to 1g of sodium, high levels are more than 1.5g per 100g, low levels are .3g salt or less per 100g.