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More Than Half Of Baby/Toddler Foods Have Too Much Sugar

June 28, 2010: 01:44 PM EST
A Canadian study that examined sugar and salt levels of 186 baby and toddler foods sold in Canada found that 53 percent contained way too much sugar. Toddler foods are a new category that includes fruit snacks, cereal bars, desserts, and cookies, as well as baby food products beyond purees of fruits and vegetables. The study applied established guidelines advising that foods are poorly nutritious if more than 20 per cent of their calories come from sugar. Forty percent of the products listed sugar, corn syrup, cane syrup, brown sugar, or dextrose in the first four ingredients on the label. Nineteen percent listed sugar or a variant as either the first or second ingredient. Products tested included pureed dinners and desserts, toddler entrees and dinners, snacks and some cereals.
Charlene Elliott, "Sweet and salty: nutritional content and analysis of baby and toddler foods", Journal of Public Health, June 28, 2010, © Charlene Elliott
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