Ger­ber gets ‘Salt Lick’ award

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TORONTO( CP) — Ger­ber, one of the best-known names in baby food, has been named this year’s re­cip­i­ent of the “Salt Lick Award” due to the high sodium con­tent in one of its pre­pared meals for tod­dlers.

The Cana­dian Stroke Net­work and the Ad­vanced Foods & Ma­te­ri­als Net­work chose Ger­ber Grad­u­ates Lil’ En­trees be­cause the prod­uct line’s Chicken & Pasta Wheel Pick­ups din­ner con­tains 550 mg of sodium — more than half a tod­dler’s ad­e­quate daily in­take of 1,000 mg.

The or­ga­ni­za­tions say the amount of sodium in the pre­pared food is equiv­a­lent to that con­tained in two medium or­ders of McDon­ald’s french fries. McDon­ald’s Canada web­site says a medium or­der of fries con­tains 270 mg of sodium.

Yet la­belling on the Ger­ber Grad­u­ates meal says it is “ap­pro­pri­ate for chil­dren one year or older” and is “spe­cially made for tod­dlers.” Two other Ger­ber meals for tod­dlers also re­ceived dis­hon­ourable men­tions for high salt con­tent.

A high-sodium diet in­creases blood pres­sure. High blood pres­sure is a ma­jor risk fac­tor for stroke, heart and kid­ney dis­ease, and de­men­tia. Too much di­etary salt has also been linked to os­teo­poro­sis, asthma, stom­ach can­cer and obe­sity.

A spokesman for Nes­tle, which owns Ger­ber, said re­duc­ing sodium “to an ac­cept­able level” in the brand’s six tod­dler meals is a key pri­or­ity.

“Cur­rent pack­ages of Ger­ber ’Lil En­trees over­state the sodium level as they in­clude the sodium con­tained in the brine (liq­uid) sur­round­ing the veg­eta­bles, which is not con­sumed,” Dr. An­drea Pa­pa­mand­jaris, head of Nes­tle’s med­i­cal and sci­en­tific unit, said Tues­day in an emailed state­ment. “ The pack­age in­cludes in­struc­tions to drain the brine be­fore serv­ing.”

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