Parents should avoid giving their infants excess of sugary baby food and instead feed them more of vegetables in order to prevent them from developing a fondness for sweets, says a report from paediatric experts.
The report warns that those baby foods which come with the label ‘no added sugar’ also at times contain sugars from fruit juice or honey.
The suggestion is among several others included in the report which talks about how the health of young children can be improved in the United Kingdom.
One of the major priorities across all regions of the country is to reduce child obesity, with Scotland and England committing to lowering the rates almost 50% by the year 2030. Targeting food which contains high levels of sugar as well as fat is a significant part of this aim, after a sugary beverage tax was introduced in England last year.
Parents should feed infants sugar in natural form like whole fresh fruits or milk, says the report. In fact, according to Prof Mary Fewtrell at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, babies are willing to try out different new flavours when given a chance. It is important to introduce them to different flavours, which includes bitter-tasting foods like spinach and broccoli as this will protect them from issues like poor diet, tooth decay and obesity, Prof added.
The report recommends that the government should unveil mandatory limits when it comes to the amount of sugar being used in baby food.