We're Feeding Toddlers Too Much Sugar & Sodium

LA Times – Karen Kaplan

Americans’ atrocious eating habits start incredibly young, according to a new, comprehensive analysis of foods sold for infants and toddlers.

About one-third of dinners made for toddlers contained at least one kind of added sugar, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. So did 97% of breakfast pastries and cereal bars for this age group. Even 88% of juices and other drinks marketed for infants and toddlers are spiked with added sugar.

In addition, 72% of toddler dinners were judged to be high in sodium, with an average of of 2,295 milligrams of sodium per meal. The Institute of Medicine recommends that toddlers consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. Read More