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The Sugar Hidden in ‘Healthy’ Baby Snacks

Posted by: Patrick Catanzariti on May 13, 2016

A recent survey has found that many packaged snack foods aimed at babies can be up to 60% sugar.

The products – some of which are aimed at babies as young as six months old – might initially seem healthy. But CHOICE has found that on closer inspection, a lot of the products on the market are highly processed and high in sugar.

Not only that, but the language they use can make it hard for mums and dads to realise that what they’re buying isn’t a healthy option.

The packaging often refers to the fruit, vegetables, yoghurt and organic ingredients in the product – without mentioning the sugar content. Even though these might sound like perfectly healthy ingredients, they can mask what’s really in these products.

It’s common to see food that is sweetened with fruit juice concentrate – which might sound healthy, but is really just another form of sugar. And although fruit was on the ingredients lists, so too were glucose and sugar.

Added sugar is a problem for anyone, but it’s particularly bad for the developing teeth of babies. It’s also a problem because it can give kids an unhealthy taste for added sugar from a very young age.

The solution? Make sure to read labels carefully to be on the lookout for sneaky hidden sugars. Or stick to unpackaged foods as much as possible, so you know exactly what’s in them.

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