Too much salt (sodium chloride) on a regular basis is likely to result in a preference for salty foods and, more importantly, can contribute towards high blood pressure in later life. The recommended maximum amounts of salt for children are as follows
• Children aged 4 to 6 years – no more than 3 g a day;
• Children aged 7 to 10 years – no more than 5 g a day;
• Children aged 11 or above – no more than 6 g a day.
Children should be discouraged from adding salt to their meals. Also, because many processed foods already contain salt, it is helpful to teach children to check food labels to help them understand which foods are higher in salt and to encourage them to choose foods that contain less salt