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Reported September 12, 2013

Commercial Baby Foods Fall Short for Nutrition

(Ivanhoe Newswire) –UK commercial baby foods don’t meet infants’ dietary weaning needs because they are mostly sweet foods that provide little extra nutritional goodness over breast milk, according to recent research.

The weaning process aims to introduce infants to a wider range of textures, tastes, and flavors in order to encourage them to accept different foods and boost their energy and nutrient intake.  The UK government recommends that the weaning should not start before six months.   

Researchers analyzed the nutritional content of all infant foods intended for weaning and produced by four major UK manufacturers and two specialist suppliers.  They found that 79 percent of the 462 stand-alone products assessed were ready made spoonable foods, and almost half of which were aimed at infants from the age of four months onwards.   Also, the savoury ready-made spoonable foods had much lower nutrient density than typical home-made foods, with the exception of iron content.

For more information, go to: http://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2013/08/13/archdischild-2012-303386

SOURCE: BMJ, September 2013

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