Really, Gerber?

This just in…A toddler meal made by the trusted brand Gerber has been awarded the “Salt Lick” award from the Canadian Stroke Network for high sodium content in their Lil’ Entrees.  Gerber’s chicken and pasta wheel pickup dinner contains 550 mg of sodium – more than half a toddler’s daily intake of 1,000 mg!

FYI, That’s about two orders of medium french fries from McDonalds.

We all know that a high-sodium diet increases blood pressure . High blood pressure is a major risk factor for stroke, and heart and kidney disease. Too much dietary salt has also been linked to osteoporosis, asthma, stomach cancer and obesity.

And Gerber is making this for toddlers?

So, what’s a parent to do to protect your little mmmunchkin from all of this sodium?   The answer is easy enough. Make your own baby food!  Of course you will be using fresh, local, organic and whole foods. It will automatically be fresher, safer, more nutritious, and most importantly delicious.  Doesn’t your baby deserve the best? If that is something completely out of your wheelhouse (not trying to guilt you here but all you really need is a blender) then please read the labels.  A jar of string beans should have just one ingredient, you guessed it- string beans.

I don’t remember the last time a toddler has asked to pass the salt.

Also, here’s some runners up in the worst food to feed your toddler contest…

-Gerber Graduates for Toddlers Lil’ Entrees, Macaroni and cheese with peas and carrots: 520 mg of sodium per serving.

-Parent’s Choice (Wal-Mart brand) My Little Meals, Shells & Cheese with Frankfurters: 520 mg of sodiumper serving.

-Gerber Graduates for Toddlers Lil’ Entrees, Cheese Ravioli in Tomato Sauce with carrots, peas and corn: 480 mg of sodium per serving.

-Heinz Toddler Vegetables, Beef & Pasta Casserole: 470 mg of sodium per jar.

-Heinz Toddler Beef Stroganoff: 420 mg of sodium per jar.

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