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What Parents With Young Children Should Check The Nutrition Label For

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Those little black and white labels on the back of food boxes list a whole lot of nutrients, so it's not hard to become confused as to what nutrients actually matter — especially for a baby!

A FitPerez reader shopping for a child consulted Ashley Koff, R.D., asking:

So what should people look out for when they are looking at labels for babies?

According to Ashley:

In the ideal world, you aren't looking at labels for babies. If you are, then look to see if there is any sodium/salt added to the product. (There doesn't need to be at all. It would only be used for taste or for preservative, and you can buy frozen which naturally preserves without need for salt.) Food, if fresh, should be an appealing taste (or blend it with something). As more foods are introduced, focus on whether the food item needs salt in it, and where sodium appears on the ingredient list. It should be near the bottom meaning the least amount in the recipe just like you would do if you were making it at home.

For more tips and nutrition advice, check out Ashley's website!

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What Is The Right Amount Of Sodium For A Healthy Diet?

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Someone must have heard about the CDC's report that found 88% American's consume an average of 53% more sodium than they should on a daily basis!

A FitPerez reader wants to know what the right amount is and consulted Ashley Koff, R.D., asking:

What’s the right amount of sodium in the diet?

According to Ashley:

There isn't an RDA, but we do use an "adequate intake" to demonstrate how small the need is. Specifically: from 0-6 mo (120 mg); from 7-12 mo (370-1g - I think 1g is pretty high unless it’s a very active child and it’s the summer, to account for heat/sweating); and 1-3 yrs (1g - keep in mind how small this is 1 tsp of salt = 4g of sodium). From toddlers to adults the need doesn’t go much higher. Recommendations aim to not exceed 2-3 grams daily for adults.

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