- Written by Megan
What's in your baby's food?
Cream powder, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fat), 'flavors,' saturated fats, sodium, controversial ingredients and added sugar. That was dinner for thousands, maybe millions, of babies and toddlers last night who ate Gerber Graduates Lil' Meals Pasta Shells and Cheese.
-Riva Greenberg, 10 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Packaged Foods, The Huffington Post.
According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past few decades. They also found that children who became obese as early as age two are more likely to be obese as adult. Obesity significantly increases the risks of heart disease, diabetes, stoke, osteoarthritis and more.
Giving your child the proper nutrition and healthy eating habits now is crucial to their health as adults.
That is why we've launched FoodfactsBaby and published the Foodfacts Baby Nutrition, Allergen & Score Guide.
The abundance of sugar, including hidden sugars in baby foods, is where a lifelong struggle with proper nutrition and obesity begins.
- Stanley Rak, Owner and Founder of Foodfacts.com
This guide has a thorough explanation of infant and toddler nutrition, as well as details on hundreds of commercially available baby and toddler food products.
For example, did you know ....
Many fruit juices proudly claim to be 100% Fruit Juice, but they have as much sugar as a can of regular cola, and the vitamins and minerals have been processed out. That’s as much as five teaspoons of sugar!
Some brands of infant formula have been tested to contain as much as 13 grams of sugar per serving – that’s almost three teaspoons of sugar, for an infant!
Carageenan, a popular formula additive in the US, has been banned for use in infant formulas in Europe due to its potential to cause gastrointestinal bleeding and inflammation.
In Europe, products containing artificial colors must also warn consumers that these dyes “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” Children’s food manufacturers in the US have not slowed use of these dyes.
Our guide is designed to give you the information you need to make the best choices for your family and child by alerting you to hidden allergens and controversial ingredients, along with nutrition facts and feeding tips!
What are medical professionals saying about the baby book?
"I just reviewed the baby nutrition guide. I like it and would recommend it to my patients and their parents as its very easy to read and informal for parents." -Ivana Klaric-Mandic, MS, RD, CDN
"I find the nutrition guide quite helpful as I'm sure many families will too." - Katy Carter, MS, RD, CSP, LD, Pediatric Dietitian
"Absolutely love the overview of the different brands out there - very helpful! [...] Overall impression: easy to navigate and use!" -Christina Santini, The Nutrition Doctor, http://www.christinasantini.com/
"In a time when food choices are so numerous and food marketing remains confusing and misleading to many, the “BABY Nutrition, Allergen and Score Guide” from FoodFacts.com provides parents a simple, straightforward way to make safer and more healthful choices to nourish their families." -Heather A Jeney, MD, http://drjeney.com/the-integrative-approach/