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Parents of a three-month-old baby who suffered fatal brain damage from a salt overdose have warned others not to feed their infants adult food. Fergus Walsh reports babies cannot digest more than half a gram of salt a day Leroy Elders was given liquidised adult food instead of specially-prepared baby meals because it was cheaper and his parents thought the ingredients were the sameAn inquest on Monday was told that Leroy's body contained nine grammes of salt, the average daily intake for an adult but enough to kill a baby, whose immature kidneys can only process a tiny fraction of that amount.
[UK] Men are eating almost double that, with a daily average of 11g of salt while women consume an average of 8.1g a day. Approximately 75% of salt consumed is from processed foods, 10-15% is added by consumers and 10-15% is naturally present in food, the FSA said. FSA chairman Sir John Krebs told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We have a very simple health message. Too much salt is bad for your heart. "There are 26m people in this country eating too much salt and they are increasing their risk of heart disease and stroke." The food agency said high blood pressure is a cause or contributing factor in 170,000 deaths a year in England.
I'd test it on lab rats
Does anyone know how much salt the sailors who lived on salt poork and ships' biscuits would have eaten?