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Baby Food Products Contain Inappropriate High Levels Of Sugar, Says WHO

Latest By Tavishi Dogra , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Jul 18, 2019
Baby Food Products Contain Inappropriate High Levels Of Sugar, Says WHO

Added sugar and sweet flavour in baby food can increase the child's liking for sweet foods as they grow, increasing the risk of obesity and tooth decay. "The very high level of free sugars in pureed commercial products is also cause for concern",

Added sugars and sweet flavors present in baby food can increase the craving of desserts, as well as increase the risk of obesity and tooth decay. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a high level of sugar in commercial products is also a matter of concern.

World Health Organization's Study

According to the WHO, many inappropriate levels of sugar are high in baby food but they have been presented incorrectly. The organization conducted two studies to find out the nutritional content of baby food products and their marketing investigations.

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Four Studies In Four Different Countries

The WHO collected data from November 2017 to January 2018. More than 8,000 foods and drinks samples were collected for the newborns. The organization found in the study that at least half of the products contained 30% of the calorie sugar. Apart from this, sugar was also included in fruit juices or beverages as an ingredient.

Added Sugars In Baby Food

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), added sugars and sweet flavors present in baby food can increase the liking and craving of sweet food in children as well as increase the risk of obesity and tooth decay. Along with this, the high level of sugar in commercial products is also a matter of concern for the World Health Organization. 

Breastfeeding Essential For Up To Six Months

The World Health Organization stressed that breastfeeding should be done for at least six months to keep children safe from all the fatal diseases. According to the study, 28 to 60 percent of food and beverage products sold in cities were suitable for infants and children.

Essential Child Development

Dr. Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, said, "Good nutrition in infants and children is extremely important to ensure better child development and better health results on aging, obesity, and diet. It further helps to avoid related non-sensitive diseases (NCDs). To ensure a healthy life and promote welfare for people of all ages, the United Nations has made the goal of sustainable development, which should be achieved.

Professor Mary Fewtrell, nutritional lead, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said, "It is very important to recognize that children love sweet taste but one should not reinforce believe their choice and expose them to different flavors and food products they like. It is wrong.''

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