Merk argiewe: doctors

Dokters’ warning to parents over baby food

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

The lack of guidance for how much salt en suiker can go into the convenient puree packs was a “national disgrace” the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said.

A pouch of Annabel Karmel's baby food contains 17.3g of sugar per 100g of puree

A pouch of Annabel Karmel’s baby food contains 17.3g of sugar per 100g of puree
While a regular can of coke contains only 9g of sugar per 100g

While a regular can of coke contains only 9g of sugar per 100gKrediet: Alamy

It comes after the British Dental Association found many baby pouches — aimed at the under-ones — contained more sugar by volume than Coke.

Association chairman Eddie Crouch said: “The Government can’t keep kicking this can down the road.

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

Die studie het bevind Annabel Karmel’s Organic Apple Blueberry & Banana Stage 1 was packed with the most sugar at 17.3g per 100g of puree.

Its Organic Delicious Banana, Pear & Peach Stage 1 was second with 17.1g. Coke has 9g.

Former Chancellor George Osborne, who started a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2018, said rules must now go further.