Knowing baby food content Misleading labelling

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Investigating the contents of baby food

You could be giving your baby more sugar than you realise

You think you're giving your baby the best possible start by buying organic baby food. You also think you can rely on the major manufacturers to be upfront about what's in it. After all, as a busy parent, you're not always able to provide wholesome home-cooked meals for your little one.

What you don't think you're doing is giving your baby food that may be high in sugar and low in essential nutrients. But despite the introduction last year of new rules governing baby food, we've found labels on some products that are confusing and issues with the content that may give parents and carers food for thought.

Our research

We bought 300 jars, packets and boxes of baby food from a range of supermarkets and other specialist outlets. We checked sugar, salt and nutritional content against new regulations and current advice. We examined products from Babynat, Babylicious, Bebevita, Bledina, Boots, Cow & Gate, Fresh Dairy, Heinz, HiPP, Holle, Nestlé, Baby Organix, Sainsbury's and Yoplait.