Childhood eating habits key

An expert has urged parents to ensure their children eat a healthy diet from an early age, warning that bad habits established in their formative years can often prove difficult to shake off later on. nutrition consultant Charlotte Stirling-Reed explained that youngsters who become accustomed to salty food in childhood are more likely to continue consuming such products in adult life.

"Preference for salty food is very much developed in childhood," she commented. "I definitely think that giving children salty foods at this age is going to lead to poor eating habits as they get older."

Ms Stirling-Reed added that avoiding processed fare in preference of home-cooked meals can prove crucial to shaping a child's diet and warned some varieties of baby food have particularly high salt content.

Her remarks came after a study conducted by scientists at the University of Bristol found 78 per cent of eight-month-old babies had salt intakes above the recommended maximum. 

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