do babies need and require salt
Most of us think that babies don’t accept food because its bland because its without salt but the real reason why babies don’t accept food is because till six months of age the baby has tasted only mothers milk . also how will baby know if the food is bland if the baby has never tasted food with salt before. Now lets talk about the harmful effects of salt. A baby’s salt requirement per day is less than 1 g per day (0.4g of sodium) and this is mostly met by the breastmilk or formula. So any extra salt will be a burden on the tiny kidneys and the kidney’s will not be able to function properly due to the excessive load. This may lead to kidney disease and it has also been proven to cause hypertension in the adult life. Excessive intake of salt in childhood has also been attributed to diseases as osteoporosis, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory illnesses. Some people advice to add a pinch of salt to baby food which is also equally dangerous. While the amount of a pinch of salt may vary, wiki calculates that 1 pinch of salt = ¼ gram. One pinch of salt added to three meals a day equals to more than 0.75 g of salt that in addition to the salt in breastmilk or formula may skyrocket the salt consumed by the baby per day. While most of us prefer Homemade Baby food, there are few situations like travelling with babies where in we have to depend on commercial baby food. The salt content is usually given as figures for sodium. As a rough guide, food containing more than 0.6g of sodium per 100g is considered high in salt. You can workout the amount of salt in foods by multiplying the amount of sodium by 2.5. however there are companies like happa foods which manufacture 100% organic fruit or vegetable and don’t use any salt or sugar , they don’t use any preservatives and not even any added colours or flavours.