The Salty Six for Kids Infographic

Salty Six for Kids Infographic


  • About 90% of kids eat too much sodium.

  • Kids’ preferences for salt-tasting foods are shaped early in life.
  • Parents and caregivers can help lower sodium by influencing how foods are produced, purchased, prepared and served.
  • Foods that add the most sodium to the diet, ages 6-18
    1. Pizza
    2. Bread/rolls
    3. Cold cuts/cured meats
    4. Savory snacks
    5. Sandwiches
    6. Cheese
  • The sodium kids eat comes from every meal and snack:
    • 15% at breakfast
    • 30% at lunch
    • 39% at dinner
    • 16% at snack time
  • Most of the sodium kids eat is already in the foods they get from: grocery stores, restaurants, school cafeterias and not from the salt shaker.

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Source: Vital Signs Sodium Intake Among U.S. School-Aged Children – 2009-2010

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