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||28%|
|Organix Goodies Munch bar||29.6%|
|Organix Goodies organic fruit & cereal bar apple & orange||30.4%|
|Cow & Gate Multi-cereal & milk bar||32.7%|
|Cow & Gate Truly Fruit Bar plum||38.6%|
|Cow & Gate Truly Fruit Bar apple||52.5%|
We tested some toddler snacks and found them to be high in sugar