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Give children 'less sugar and more veg in baby food' - Dotemirates
27/06/2019

Give children 'less sugar and more veg in baby food'

The amount of sugar in baby food should be restricted and parents should give their young children more vegetables to stop them developing a sweet tooth, a report from child health experts says.It warns that even baby food marked "no added sugar" often contains sugars from honey or fruit juice.Parents should offer bitter flavours too, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recommends.This will guard against tooth decay, poor diet and obesity.The recommendation is one of many included in a report on how to improve the health of children in the UK. Reducing child obesity is a key priority...


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