A vendor sells vegetables and fruits at the city market in St.Petersburg in this August 7, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk/Files
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Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a new government study.About seven in 10 toddler dinners studied contained too much salt, and most cereal bars, breakfast pastries and snacks for infants and toddlers contained extra sugars, according to the study by researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study notes that almost one in four U.S. children ages 2 to 5 are overweight or obese -- and that almost 80 percent of kids ages 1 to 3 exceed the recommended maximum level of daily salt, which is 1,500 milligrams.Many foods in the study exceeded that.
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