TABLE 2

Sodium Content of Infant and Toddler Food and Drinks According to Product Category

Food Product CategoryNSodium Density, mg/ 1000 kcalSodium Concentration, mg/100 gSodium per RACC, mga
Mean (95% CI)Mean (95% CI)Mean (95% CI)Median≤140141–210>210
n (%)n (%)n (%)
Infant
 Vegetables, stage 1b41501 (302–700)20 (12–28)12 (7–17)441 (100)00
 Dinners, soups, and vegetables, stages 2 and 3c256503 (428–578)28 (25–31)30 (27–34)25254 (99)2 (1)0
 Fruit, stages 1–323977 (59–96)5 (4–5)4 (3–5)0239 (100)00
 Cereals, dry/instant4731 (12–51)12 (5–20)2 (1–3)047 (100)00
 Mixed grains and fruits, ready- to-serve76103 (61–146)9 (5–13)10 (5–14)576 (100)00
Toddler
 Dinners or meals722295 (2007-2584)212 (187–237)361 (317–404)3403 (4)17 (24)52 (72)
 Cereal bars and breakfast pastries34744 (558–930)248 (199–298)50 (40–60)4934 (100)00
 Fruit3082 (40–125)6 (2–9)7 (3–11)530 (100)00
 Dry fruit-based snacks56383 (302–463)138 (108–167)21 (16–25)2656 (100)00
Infant or toddler
 Savory snacks, sides341382 (1114–1649)486 (367–604)73 (55–91)6331 (91)2 (6)1 (3)
 Dry grain-based desserts88399 (301–496)169 (125–214)25 (19–32)1787 (99)1 (1)0
 Dairy-based desserts46421 (357–484)42 (31–53)41 (34–47)4946 (100)00
 Juices/drinks51184 (150–218)9 (7–10)10 (9–12)1051 (100)00
Total1070d470 (424–515)71 (62–79)43 (37–49)10995 (93)22 (2)53 (5)
  • CI, confidence interval.

  • a The amount per RACC is considered low if sodium is ≤140 mg and high if >210 mg.

  • b Stage 1 foods are finely pureed solid foods meant for infants aged 4 to 6 months.

  • c Stage 2 foods are strained junior foods meant for infants aged from 7 to 8 months, and stage 3 foods are partially strained foods, with small, tender chunks meant for infants age 9 to 12 months.

  • d Sample sizes in some the categories do not add up to the total products with serving size information because of missing information on sodium content.