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Shockingly high sugar levels in complementary foods for young children

Appropriate and good nutrition in the first two years of a child’s life influences optimal growth, health and cognitive development. After the first six months, one should feed infants with complementary foods in addition to breast milk or infant formula. However, some commercially available complementary foods (CACFs) contain inappropriately high levels of sugars and could provide too much energy.

The World Health Organization performed research on the sugar levels of complementary foods marketed for infants under 6 months of age, like fruit and vegetable purees, meat- or fish-based dishes, biscuits, wafers, cereals and porridges. They concluded that more than half of the products investigated provided 30% ...

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