Let’s talk about salt in baby and toddler food… I was discussing with a first time mum last week, she told me she has been adding salt to her 7-month-old baby food. I ask why and she said she thinks the food will be tasteless, this brings about this article. I posted it on Instagram last years when mothers were asking about salt for babies.
Can I add salt to my baby food?
Dear mama’s the reply is simple and without doubts NO! I’ve been making lots of research to keep me updated about the latest trends on baby food, baby diet, and medicals. A lot of things changed through the years, but the NO added sugar, NO added salt rule has not changed.
Salt should never be used to flavor your baby’s food (homemade or store bought), simply because your baby’s body doesn’t need a lot of salt to function. The amount of sodium (that’s the mineral contained in salt that our body needs in moderate quantity) naturally present in food is more than enough. Breastmilk and baby formula contains sodium, just the right amount.
Too much salt can only damage. From a culinary point of view, any added salt to your baby food will only distract your baby from the real flavor of the food. Seasonal, fresh organic food has plenty of flavor, it doesn’t need any added salt.
WHY NO SALT?
The sodium that is naturally contained in breast milk, baby formula, fruit, and vegetables is fine, the added salt will be too much.
If you do not know about something, you do not desire it, they have a very delicate and clean palate.
The simple healthy baby food that you prepare with natural fresh ingredients already have tons of flavor for them. In addition, very salty diet will cause dependency, creating a salty palate that will be very difficult to reverse in the future. (Nigarian mum take note)no wonder some people like salty foods
SALT: DAILY NEED FOR BABY
Babies need only a very small amount of salt: less than 1g (0.4g sodium) a day until they are 12 months. Your baby’s kidneys can’t cope with more salt than this.
Love you and your little angels!!!