Over 75% of the sodium we consume comes from the foods we eat. On that statistic alone, we know we have to start cutting back on the foods that have large amounts of sodium. Sodium is highest in processed foods like cheese, pizza, deli meats, dry/can soups, sauces, microwavable dinners, fast food, and the list goes on and on.
It is important that all of our Kids Eat Smart Clubs have the most nutritious foods possible available to the children they serve. For most of our clubs, breakfast is the meal that you serve each day. Although sometimes unaware, many breakfast foods that you may be offering in your Club could possibly have high amounts of sodium. Breads, cereals, bagels and bakery products like croissants can have high amounts of sodium even if you can’t taste it!
When buying foods for your club or when serving breakfast, take a look at the Nutrition Facts label and try to remember to think nutritious and low sodium. A great guide to determining if food has too much of something is to look at the %Daily Value or %DV on the label. The general rule of thumb is if the products had 5% DV or less then it`s considered “a little” and 15%DV or more is considered “a lot”.
So next time you are either making a grocery list for your club, picking up groceries or serving up a delicious meal for the students, take a look at the label…..it’s time we start “Cutting Back on Sodium”!!
Information retrieved from: www.dietitians.ca
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador