Why you should snatch the salt from your kids

A high salt intake in children can influence blood pressure and may predispose a child to the development of a number of diseases including: high blood pressure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and obesity.

Photo: Huffington Post.

In this week's Healthy Eating feature, the Weekend Breakfast team spoke to Science and Programme Development Manager at the _Heart and Stroke Foundation of SA, _Christelle Crickmore who explained the dangers of a high intake of sodium on a child's development.

Children take on the taste preferences of their parents and care-givers so it's really important from a young age to lead by example and not give children high in salt

Christelle Crickmore, Heart and Stroke Foundation SA

Crickmore encourages parents to be more wary of how much salt they're exposing their children to. Listen to the conversation below:

Have a look at the chart below to see how much the foods you may be feeding your child daily affect the amount of salt they're consuming:

Photo: The Daily Mail

Let us know if you're one of the culprits who adds salt to their meal before you've even tasted it via @Radio702 and @CapeTalk567.

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