Diabetes Forecast

Toddler Foods Are Too Sweet

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Kiddie food is a bit too sweet and salty, according to a study of more than 1,000 infant and toddler foods and drinks. While many of the vegetables, plain fruits, dinners, and dry cereals for infants (less than a year old) were low in salt and sugar, snack foods, desserts, drinks, and meals for toddlers (ages 1 to 3) contained both added salt and sugar. Researchers advise parents to read food labels. Toddlers should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day, and added sugar should be avoided as much as possible. To spot added sugar, check the ingredients list for terms such as “corn syrup,” “dextrose,” and “evaporated cane juice.”
Source: Pediatrics, published online Feb. 2, 2015



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