Joanne Gallacher
By Joanne Gallacher

Does your baby’s breakfast contain hidden salt?

Baby breakfast with salt

baby breakfast with saltEvery mum knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but did you know that 8 out of 10 family cereals contain added salt?

The Food Standards Agency recommends that babies under 12 months old should only be fed cereals specifically made for babies.

On (Tuesday the 6th of July at 11am) we speak to Cow & Gate’s very own baby nutritionist Janet Warren about ensuring your little one doesn’t get too much salt in their diets.

He explains: “Too much salt can be harmful to your baby in two ways. In the short term, too much salt can be harmful to baby’s developing kidneys. In the long term, it can develop into a taste for salty foods as they grow older. Eating a diet high in salt is a risk factor for high blood pressure and can put stress on the heart in adult life.”

Many family breakfast cereals contain around one third of a baby’s recommended daily maximum allowance in one single serving. Choosing baby specific breakfast cereals, which contain no added salt, is the easiest way to ensure your baby doesn’t have too much salt before the day has even begun - and because they are just for babies you’ll find them in the baby food aisle.

If you’re unsure of how much salt is in your choice of breakfast for baby, check the labels. Salt is sometimes listed as sodium. Multiply the sodium content by 2.5 to work out how much salt that adds up to.

Then check that it contains a sensible amount in relation to your baby’s 1g recommended maximum daily intake.

Cow & Gate’s breakfast cereals are made especially for babies with no added salt, no added sugar, and one third of your baby’s key daily vitamins and minerals in every bowl.

Made with only the best baby-grade ingredients and free from artificial colourings, flavourings and preservatives, they’ve also been taste-tested by 5,000 babies and their mums, so you can be sure your little one will love them - whatever stage they are at..

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