How much is an acceptable level of sodium in foods for babies?
How much is an acceptable level of sodium in foods for babies? I`m used to checking labels for sugar and fat content, but don`t know what sodium level to look for. For example, I`ve heard that silverbeet and some adult breakfast cereals are too high for bub. And vegemite - how much is okay do you think?
Currently there is no upper limit for sodium as set by the National Health and Medical Research department, though the allowance for bubs 7-12 months is 170mg a day.
Certainly avoid high sodium foods such as commercial stocks, Vegemite, tinned foods, processed meats, etc. For children the standard is 100mg per 100g column, in excess of this is considered high sodium, this would be a minimum for bubs given their kidneys are not yet at full functioning. At least this will act as a guide for you for products.
A slither of Vegemite is probably fine, but I can think of many other spreads that would be a better option for babies, such as almond paste.
Hope that helps.
All the best,
08 Jun 2009