Salt and Children’s Health

Baby being fedGood eating habits in childhood can influence habits and health later in life

Children with higher blood pressure are more likely to develop hypertension as adults than children with lower blood pressure. Although the health problems associated with high blood pressure often don’t appear until later in life, they are strongly influenced by childhood health.

Keeping blood pressure low from childhood is probably the best way to avoid blood pressure-related health problems in later life.

Eating pattern development

Evidence also shows that dietary habits developed in childhood and adolescence can influence eating patterns later in life. Children who develop a preference for lower salt foods are likely to maintain this preference as they get older.