March 21, 2018

‘Trendy’ baby foods far too sweet, parents have been warned.

A study of popular UK baby food brands found they are highly fruit-based.

Some baby foods which appear to be savoury, with broccoli and red peppers, have tiny amounts of these ingredients and contain mainly apple and pear, shares Daily Mail.

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Public health nutritionist Dr Helen Crawley, co-author of the study into 343 products, told the Royal Society of Medicine this week: ‘Despite what foods might be named, many of them are actually mostly apple and pear puree.’

Her report says there is a ‘predominance’ of sweet baby foods on the market, adding: ‘This is of concern, as a high sugar intake is linked to poor oral health, may accustom infants to very sweet tastes and may contribute to overweight later in childhood.’

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Experts say apple and pear are used so widely because they are cheap, easy to puree and easily accepted by babies.

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Recently the Federal Court has found Heinz Australia misled shoppers with its Little Kids Shredz products.

The claim on its packaging made it seem like they were a healthy and nutritious food for young children. But in reality, they contain more than 60% sugar.

Milo and Ovaltine have also been questioned recently over its star ratings.

We recently shared a mums concerns over “healthy” breakfast choices marketed to kids that are really NOT so healthy at all – read her opinion here.

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  • I have always thought that many processed foods, including baby food, was high in sugar and therefore I have always limited this in both my children and my own diet.

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  • Think homemade baby food is always the best. I only used to buy some store bought baby food in case of emergency.
    That Milo and Ovaltine losing stars doesn’t amaze me, it amazes me the get a star at all.
    The star rating is in need of reviewing indeed.

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  • This star system needs to be reviewed indeed. I love the fact that it’s very easy to understand. You see the number of stars and you know how healthy a product is. But indeed, if they let sugar pass as “healthy” it means that the stars have no meaning!!

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