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Parents often buy food products for their babies thinking them healthy and nutritious for their loved ones, but a new study exposes some appalling truth about these products.
According to a new study, baby foods made by firms such as Cow & Gate, Heinz and Ella’s Kitchen have far fewer nutrients than home-made meals.
Researchers have found these baby food to have high levels of sugar which ababies would need to eat twice as much shop-bought food to get the same energy and protein as meals cooked at home.
Many weaning foods ‘would not serve the intended purpose’ of giving a baby extra nutrients or a range of tastes and textures, the study by the department of human nutrition at the University of Glasgow shows.
Experts analysed all the baby foods made by the main British manufacturers – Cow and Gate, Heinz, Boots, Hipp Organic, Ella’s Kitchen and Organix. It included cereal that could be made up with milk or water, biscuits, rusks, bars, snacks and cakes.
“Most products are ready-made foods that are no more energy dense than formula milk, and are generally much less nutrient than home-made foods,’ researchers claimed.