Baby Food Is Too Sugary, Health Experts Warn
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Baby food can contain more sugar than Coca-Cola, up to two thirds of the adult daily allowance, child health experts have warned. Britain's Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said it was a " national disgrace" that the U.K. government did not regulate the nutritional standard of infant food.
Dr Camilla Kingdon, RCPCH president, warned that expensive upmarket brands, labelled ' organic' or 'nutritionally approved' were often the worst, and said a mashed-up banana was healthier than many products.
The RCPCH said one in three British children is overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. The organisation added that expecting industry to regulate itself was not enough, and argued the onus should not be on parents to navigate the market alone. "In an ideal world, parents would be cooking at home, but of course that isn't possible for a lot of families around the country," says Dr Kingdon. "Nutritional education, alongside government leadership and regulations, are desperately needed."
upmarket - luxurious
the onus - the responsibility
mashed up - crush food or another substance into a soft mass.
infant food - food for a baby
desperately - in a way that shows