Salty foods predispose infants to preferring salt

The Los Angeles Times reports, “Feeding young babies solid foods, such as crackers, cereals and bread, which tend to be high in salt, may set them up for a lifelong preference for salt,” according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

In the study, infants who “had been exposed to starchy foods, such as crackers, soft bread or cereal, which are often high in salt,” were seen to consume “55 percent more salt compared to babies who had not yet been exposed to these kinds of foods.”

The healthful impact of good nutrition starts when the baby is in the womb, and continues from birth onward.

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