Health claims on baby foods

Packaged baby food is a risk for misleading health claims. As a result, persuasive terminology is often over-used to promote a product.

So called ‘baby’ products are not immune. Just like foods marketed at adults, processed foods will state anything on the packet to entice a sleep deprived parent.

Organic lamb and vegetable casserole
(Example of packaged food)

Here is my top tip for finding out what is actually in the packaged baby food you are buying.

The Ingredient List

You will always find Ingredients in food products listed in descending order, by weight. So, this will give you a fair idea of the % of ingredients in a product. By law, if an ingredient is in the title, the % must be shown.

It may come as a surprise to learn that a “Berry Banana Fruit” product has only 1.5% berries, 3% bananas and the rest might actually be apple! So it pays to take note of not only the ingredients, but the amount of each.

If sugar is one of the first three ingredients, you are safe to assume that it isn’t the most nutritious option.

For more information on what infants and children should be eating, book in a consultation with me today.

You can also visit Eat For Health which outlines serve sizes and food groups to be aiming for.


About The Author

Madeleine Baumgart

Accredited Nutritionist (AN)
Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)
Credentialed Eating Disorder Clinician (CEDC)

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