DW Fitness Clubs has found that children could be getting a third of their recommended salt allowance before they even get to school.
For children aged 4-6, the NHS recommends no more than 3g of salt per day.
A serving of 30g of cereal contains:
- Kelloggs Krave = 12% of your child’s recommended salt intake (6% for adults)
- Rice Krispies = 12% of your child’s recommended salt intake (6% for adults)
- Cheerios = 10% of your child’s recommended salt intake (5% for adults)
- Coco Krispies = 8% of your recommended salt intake (4% for adults)
Manufacturers list salt content per 30g, but that’s a very modest portion size, for a hungry child (and aren’t they all?) It would be very easy to eat two or three times that.
So if a child had a large bowl of Rice Krispies (100g) that would be 1.13g of salt, over a third of their daily allowance. Scary, huh?
We all know that ‘good energy’ basics like porridge, bananas, sugar free peanut butter, Greek yoghurt with berries or dippy eggs would be a better option here, it’s obviously just a case of having ten minutes more in the morning (as with most things…)
But worth flagging this story up if your child gets a bowl of cereal at pre-school Breakfast Club…