Friday, February 1, 2008

Hidden salt in foo: a risk

Parents who feed their children ready-made puddings are unwittingly giving them excessive amounts of salt, according to health campaigners.

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Nearly half the recommended daily salt intake for a young child is hidden in one serving of supermarket-bought jam roly poly, treacle sponge or sticky toffee pudding, a report reveals.

advertisementThe research, carried out by Consensus Action on Salt and Health, also found that savoury food aimed at children, such as baked beans and sausages, contain levels of salt that are "dangerous" to their health.

Children aged four to six should eat no more than 3g (0.1oz) of salt a day, according to Government guidelines.

Those aged between one and three should have no more than 2g a day.

But CASH found that a can of Morrisons baked beans has 2.8g of salt, nearly the daily limit for a six year old, while a Waitrose Cornish pasty contains more than their maximum recommended intake at 3.2g.

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