Knowing baby food content Food for toddlers

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Food for toddlers older than a year doesn't have to meet the same standards as baby food. So processed food and snacks can contain more sugar and salt.

Even some healthy-sounding snacks can have more salt and sugar than you think. Heinz Farley's mini cheese biscuits, for example, have 0.4g of sodium per 100g - the limit for baby food is 0.2g per 100g. And Organix Goodies Carrot Sticks contain 0.3g of sodium per 100g.

Cow & Gate boasts that its Truly Fruit Bars are equivalent to a piece of fruit, and its apple bar does contain one medium apple. There's no added sugar in the bar but more than 50% of it is sugar according to the label - an apple is about 20% sugar.

Sugar content of toddler snacks
Snack % of sugar
Heinz Organic biscotti Heinz Organic biscotti 28%
Organix Goodies Munch bar Organix Goodies Munch bar 29.6%
Organix Goodies organic fruit & cereal bar apple & orange Organix Goodies organic fruit & cereal bar apple & orange 30.4%
Cow & Gate Multi-cereal & milk bar Cow & Gate Multi-cereal & milk bar 32.7%
Cow & Gate Truly Fruit Bar plum Cow & Gate Truly Fruit Bar plum 38.6%
Cow & Gate Truly Fruit Bar apple Cow & Gate Truly Fruit Bar apple 52.5%

Table notes

We tested some toddler snacks and found them to be high in sugar