If asked which is more nutritious baby food or a cheeseburger, you'd probably guess infant food. Guess again...a study out of Britain has discovered that those little jars of mush aren't that healthy. In fact, researchers found that cheeseburgers and chocolate biscuits were more nutritious than many leading brands of baby food sold in Great Britain. We aren't even talking about a homemade cheeseburger but one from a fast food chain.
One company under fire is Heinz. Of particular concern are its mini cheese biscuits for toddlers, which contain more saturated fat than a McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese! The Guardian writes:
The survey by the Children's Food Campaign of 107 foods marketed for consumption by babies and young children – all bought from mainstream British supermarkets – shows that a high proportion of these foods are high in saturated fat, salt and sugar. Only half of all the products surveyed were low in saturated fat, salt and sugar, while for Heinz products this figure was one in four.
Heinz wasn't the only company that came under scrutiny. Several other companies, such as Baby Balance, were found to make products high in saturated fats and sugars worse than junk food.
Of course, making your own baby food is the safest solution. As a parent, you know for sure what has gone into the mush, and you don't have to worry about reading labels on little jars. A simple baby food mill makes the job easy and affordable.
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