CHILDREN can eat almost half their daily limit of salt just during breakfast, a shocking new report has revealed.
The worst foods for unintentional salt intake are cereals and breads, which accounted for 36% of the daily intake for the children tested in the study.
Health experts have warned that consuming too much salt can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure, and that later health problems normally originate in a poor childhood diet.
Dr Graham MacGregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, said: “It is very difficult for parents to reduce children’s salt intake unless they avoid packaged and restaurant foods and prepare each meal from scratch using fresh, natural ingredients.”
Studies in the past have shown that a bowl of cornflakes can contain more salt that a bag of ready-salted crisps.