Top 10 Chlorine Rich Foods For Children
Chlorine is an often forgotten essential mineral in our body, required for maintaining fluid balance, blood volume, blood pressure, muscular activity, and digestion. Children, especially infants must be give Chlorine Rich Foods, because infants who are inadvertently fed chloride-deficient formula, may experience failure to thrive, anorexia, and weakness in their first year of life. Other symptoms of chlorine deficiency are disturbed digestion, weight loss, water retention, hair loss, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, irritability, dehydration, and profound lethargy. On the other hand excess consumption may lead to loss of body fluids, weakness, confusion, increased blood pressure, fluid retention in certain cases, and ultimately coma.
Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)
The RDA of Chlorine has been determined and is given below.
RDA of Chlorine (g/day)
Infants 0 -6 months
Infants 7 -12 months
Children 1-3 Yrs
Children 4-8 Yrs
Children 9-13 Yrs
Boys 14-18 Yrs
Girls 14-18 Yrs
Food Sources of Chlorine
Meeting Chlorine dietary demands is not difficult as it is used in most salts and preservatives. Here are some more sources of chlorine seaweed, rye, tomatoes, lettuce, celery, olives, coconut, avocados, dates, turnips, lettuce, kale, potatoes, apricots, orange juice, pineapple, watercress, raw white cabbage, spinach, asparagus, cucumbers, parsnips, carrots, and onions.
Top 10 Chlorine Rich Foods
1. Salts: Most of the salts we consume in everyday life, especially table and sea salt are chlorine rich.
2. Whole grains, flours and their products: Whole grains like wheat, rice, millets, etc are rich in chlorine. Their products have higher chlorine content due to added salts.
3. Cheese: Any type of salted cheese is high in chlorine and usually is a regular feature in children’s diet.
4. Canned foods: Any food item preserved in brine (salt water) is high in chlorine, like packaged soups, tinned sardines, olives etc.
5. Cocoa: Cocoa powder is rich in chlorine, can be added to a variety of recipes, and is usually liked by children
6. Seaweed: Seaweeds grow in a mineral rich environment, thus mostly all seaweeds are excellent sources of chlorine.
7. Cured meats: Meats as such act as good sources of chlorine, and if the meat is cured it usually contains salt as a preservative increasing it chlorine content.
8. Sauces and Salad Dressings: All sauces and salad dressings are very good sources of chlorine.
9. Cooked Legumes and Lentils: Legumes and lentils that have been boiled or cooked with salt act as great sources of chlorine.
10. Pastes, Spreads and Dehydrated Broths: Fish paste, Meat paste, broths, and spreads contain chlorine both from the food source as well as salt, thus are chlorine rich.
Most of the foods motioned above, especially the processed ones and salt are an inevitable part of modern day diet, thus dietary chlorine deficiency is hardly reported in normal cases.
Note: Children, especially ones under 2 yrs are prone to food intolerance and allergy. Introduce any new food slowly and cautiously. If you are aware of you child's food allergies avoid the any food that contains that particular allergen completely.
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