Whether you’re a new parent or not, your child’s diet in their early years is of the utmost importance. But some products may not be as healthy as is shown, including organic products, new research suggests.
Many packaged infant and toddler food and drink products may have too much salt and/or sugar in them than is recommended, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a study published online in Pediatrics.
For the study, researchers looked at the nutrition labels of toddler food and drinks that are sold in stores in the U.S. They analyzed 1,074 toddler and infant foods and drinks including snacks, desserts, fruits and vegetables, and dry cereals.
Through their analysis, it was found that out of the products that they tested 72% of dinners for toddlers were high in sodium and more than half of 79 infant snacks made with grains and fruits contained at least one added sugar.
The researchers also noted that it did not matter if the products were organic or not, or whether they were a store brand or a major brand when it came to the sugar and sodium amounts.