Salt in Children’s Food

On the other day our nanny had cooked us some meals while looking after the twins. On her way out she said “by the way, I didn’t add any salt hence the boy can eat this. It’s not good for him to have salt in his food”. 

And she really hadn’t added salt or any other spices. In my opinion the food lacked flavor.

I’m not sure if it’s good for the boy though.

On the positive side there is no risk of him getting too much salt. I know that eating lots of salt is not good for anyone. Especially not for children. And if I don’t add salt to the food I cook he won’t get used to using it later in his life. Right?

While cooking I try to keep the risks in mind. Salt is one of the main reasons why I don’t give the boy french fries for example. 

But I also want to make good food and I don’t want to make different versions for the kids and for the parents. Or different dishes for them and for us. And I would like to make our everyday dinners nice experiences for everyone. I do believe that salt and other spices are part of good food and therefore this experience.

So I added a pinch of salt and pepper to the food that the nanny had made before serving it to the family. I wasn’t sure I did the right thing though.

What do you think? Can a 2-year-old eat the same food as adults? Do you use less salt when cooking for the family?


2 thoughts on “Salt in Children’s Food

  1. Hi 🙂 We were careful with salt the first year. I don’t see why he can’t eat what you are eating now and you can always cook with lesser salt and put some extra on your own plate 🙂

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