Too much sugar in baby food: WHO warning

According to a survey conducted by the World Health Organization, there are too many simple sugars in baby food.

There are too many sugars in foods for children under 6 months of age.

The WHO (World Health Organization) has launched this very serious alarm and has carried out a survey of 7,955 food products for infants.

The data concern four sample cities, namely Vienna, Budapest, Haifa and Sofia. The results of the survey have brought to light the trend to market food products for infants as suitable for infants from 0 to 6 months.

These numbers range from 28% to 60% of the food products for children available on the market in the various cities.

There are no legal offences. However, this is a commercial proposal that does not benefit the health of children who, as stated in the WHO guidelines, at 6 months should be fed with breastmilk or formula milk.

In these cases, we are talking about food with all the nutrients that the newborn needs. This is especially true for proteins that, until a few years ago, were often supplemented thinking that those present in breast milk were not enough.

As already mentioned, the survey has also highlighted the fact that foods intended for children are characterized by an excessive amount of sugar.

In some cases, the doses in question can even reach 30% of the product, numbers that are high and not at all advantageous for health.

These assumptions represent a dangerous terrain for those who will be the adults of tomorrow, exposed to a very high risk of obesity.

For several years now, the WHO has been devoting a great deal of attention to the problem of childhood obesity, pointing out, for example, that to prevent it, it is advisable to limit the intake of simple sugars to 10% of the daily energy intake.

Zsuzsanna Jakab, Director General of the WHO Europe, commented on the results of this study, stressing that a good diet is essential to ensure optimal growth and development of the child, prerequisites for health in adulthood.

Jakab also cited overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases prevention programmes related to nutrition as very important goals for UN Sustainable Development, aimed at ensuring a healthy life and well-being for all at all ages.

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