Toddler food often has too much salt, sugar
CHICAGO, IL - A new study says many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar. That's a concern because it could potentially give kids an early preference for foods that may contribute to obesity and high blood pressure.
Researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about seven in 10 toddler dinners contained too much salt. And there was extra sugar in most cereal bars, breakfast pastries and snacks for infants and toddlers.
The researchers analyzed package information and labels for more than 1,000 foods marketed for infants and toddlers in 2012. Results appear in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.
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