According to the American Heart Association, the average child between the age of 2 and 19 eats more than 3,100mg of sodium per day – 800 more mg than the recommended amount! A high-sodium diet puts kids at risk of high blood pressure and obesity, leading to an increased risk of developing kidney disease.
Some of the biggest sodium sources in their diets are pizza, cured meats, sandwiches, packaged snacks, and processed chicken products like nuggets, patties, and tenders. Sending your child to school with a healthy packed lunch is one great way to give them access to tasty, kidney-friendly alternatives. Consider adding these foods to their bags: