Tips for Toddlers: Baby Snacks Lacking Proper Nutrition

Taking care of toddlers is a task enough without trying to find out how to feed them properly.

Unfortunately, recent research reveals that a vast majority of products marketed to parents with babies and toddlers in the US such as cookies, cereal bars, and fruit snacks, were not nutritious choices for young children.

The study, done by The Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at the University of Connecticut, found that 83% of toddler snacks contained added sweeteners which the World Health Organization and other experts and organizations say children under the age of 2 years should not have.

Many of the claims on the packaging, such as “real, natural, organic”, misled parents to believe that the products with these claims would actually be a healthy option for their infants. In addition, other options such as fruit pouches, although a relatively healthy option for toddlers, failed to provide toddlers with proper exposure to real fruits and vegetables and the fine motor skills needed to consume produce. Such pouches also don’t provide the toddlers with the true flavor and texture of produce.

For parents with children under the age of one year, pureed food is still a viable option. By age two however, toddlers should be eating the same food as the rest of the family, the report added. For those who wish to read more about this report, see the sources below.

Sources:

http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Trends/Healthy-snacking/Baby-and-toddler-snacks-often-fall-short-on-nutrition-mislead-parents

http://www.uconnruddcenter.org/BabyFoodFACTS