Sugar horrors in baby foods

Nutrition & Food Science

ISSN: 0034-6659

Article publication date: 1 August 2000



(2000), "Sugar horrors in baby foods", Nutrition & Food Science, Vol. 30 No. 4.



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Sugar horrors in baby foods

Sugar horrors in baby foods

According to the Food Commission, some biscuits specially designed for babies and young children are sweeter than jam tarts and doughnuts. Some traditional rusks have more sugar than a chocolate digestive biscuit and some so-called "reduced sugar" products had more sugar than a jam doughnut. Sweet biscuits are the main cause of tooth decay in infants aged one to two years. Only five of the 22 products examined were virtually sugar free, but one product contained sesame seeds - an ingredient which is second only to nuts as a cause of allergic reactions. The report's author, Dr Tim Lobstein, said that parents should look carefully at the small print and put the highly sweetened brands back on the shelf. The Food Commission is calling for tighter limits on the amount of sugar allowed in foods sold especially for babies and young children.

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