Doctors’ warning to parents over baby food branding puree packs ‘national disgrace’

DOCTORS want a crackdown on baby food bags – which can contain more sugar than regular Coca-Cola.

The lack of guidance on how much salt and sugar can fit in the convenient packs of puree was a “national disgrace,” the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said.

One sachet of Annabel Karmel baby food contains 17.3g of sugar per 100g of puree

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One sachet of Annabel Karmel baby food contains 17.3g of sugar per 100g of puree
While a regular can of cola has only 9g of sugar per 100g

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While a regular can of cola has only 9g of sugar per 100gCredit: Alamy

It comes after the British Dental Association found that many baby pouches – aimed at the lower legs – contain more sugar than cola by volume.

The association’s chairman, Eddie Crouch, said: “The government can’t keep kicking this can on the street.

“Without action, the food industry will continue touting sugarier products than cola as healthy options.”

The study found that Annabel Karmel’s Organic Apple Blueberry & Banana Stage 1 was packed with the most sugar at 17.3g per 100g of puree.

His Organic Delicious Banana, Pear & Peach Stage 1 came second at 17.1g. Coke has 9g.

Former Chancellor George Osborne, who introduced a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2018, said the rules now need to go further.

https://www.the-sun.com/health/7000423/doctor-warning-baby-food-pouches/ Doctors’ warning to parents over baby food branding puree packs ‘national disgrace’

Emma James

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