Study: Toddler food has too much salt, sugar

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Monday, February 2, 2015
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Kathy Burnett prepares a snack for her daughters on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Chicago. The CDC says many packaged toddlers' foods and snacks contain too much salt and sugar. (AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- An important health note for parents: a new study finds many packaged foods for toddlers contain too much salt or sugar.

The Centers for Disease Control study shows seven in ten toddler dinners contain too much salt.

It also finds excessive added sugar in most cereal bars, breakfast pastries and snacks.

Researchers say eating these foods could give children an early taste preference that may later contribute to obesity and high blood pressure.

The researchers analyzed package information and labels for more than 1,000 foods marketed for infants and toddlers in 2012. Results appeared the official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday.