Many mommies and daddies are giving up sugary foods this Lenten season, so why not try cutting back on sweets for your toddler, too?
A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost one in four U.S. children ages two to five are overweight or obese. It points to packaged meals and snacks for toddlers as the culprits, saying they often contain too much sugar and salt. So the next time you're shopping, you may want to take a closer look at the food labels.
Young children should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day, so you want to choose snacks that typically have less than 200 milligrams of sodium per serving.
Experts say preschoolers should also not consume more than 16.7 grams of sugar a day. Added sugars in things like soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts and sweets can add up quickly. You'll be amazed once you start reading those labels.
If you can cut back on sugar and salt in your children's meals while they're young, you'll be giving them a better chance at avoiding those foods later in life.