Everybody knows salt is evil, right?
The science that says too much sodium chloride can increase chances of getting high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes is fairly accepted medical knowledge, despite some recent pro-salt studies.
Then why have researchers at the University of Bristol found that 70 per cent of eight-month-old infants in the U.K. consume too much salt?
The researchers looked at the eating habits of 1,200 babies (born in 1991 and 1992) and found that by eight-months, a large majority of the infants consumed almost twice the amount of salt than what is suggested (which is less than one gram according to the U.K.'s National Health Service).
What on earth are these babies being fed to get this much salt? A salt lick?
Nope. Try bread, processed food like gravy and cow's milk, which are the main foods the study blames.
Unfortunately, the potential side effects are much more serious than having bloated babies. The study notes that too much salt in an infant can lead to poor kidney development (and kidneys are the organs that help us skim salt from our blood).
The Guardian also reports that introducing babies to such a high-salt diet so young can lead to developing a life-long salt addiction.
So what can parents do to lessen salt for their babies?
The study suggests preparing their own baby food and making sure that the child drinks breast milk or formula instead of cow milk.
Should parents be worried about their baby's salt intake? Or is this study more salt-phobia mania?