London: Health experts in Britain have warned that the processed foods and sauces at the heart of the nation`s diet are actually fuelling a dangerous daily overdose of salt and putting children`s health at risk.
Safe daily amounts of salt vary depending on age and size, starting at one gram or less for babies. If the entire nation cuts down to these levels, doctors estimate that 70,000 heart attacks and strokes would be prevented in just one year!Katharine Jenner of the Consensus Action on Salt and Health, which has been campaigning for food manufacturers and supermarkets to remove hidden salt, said: "Popular foods like bread, cereal, baked beans, cheese, tomato sauce and processed meats are some of the biggest culprits. So try not to feed your child them every day."Also, throw away the salt cellar. If you eat food which tastes less salty, your taste buds adapt really quickly."She said: "The higher the blood pressure in childhood, the higher the blood pressure will be in adulthood... By getting your child used to less salt, you are protecting their health in the long term."IANS
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