Sugar in your Baby’s Diet

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Exclusively breastfed babies and formula-fed babies will be getting frequent small feeds that contain all the nutrients they need, including fats, proteins and carbohydrates. When babies start to eat solids it’s really important to try to maintain that balance in the nutrients they eat. Giving your baby sugary foods and drinks can really disrupt his/her natural appetite and fullness.

Sugar highs and lows

High-sugar foods cause your baby’s blood sugar to rise very quickly, requiring his/her pancreas to urgently release the hormone insulin into the blood. Insulin initiates a process where the sugar in the blood is converted into glycogen and stored in the liver. Your baby may well be cranky and go from high energy to upset very quickly.

Your baby doesn’t need added sugar

Your baby will get natural sugar from your breast milk or formula milk and there’s also enough sugar in fruits. So sweet things like chocolate, sweets, shouldn’t be part of your baby’s diet.

Giving your baby the actual fruit is a much than giving them fruit juice. Fruits are a better way to give him/her the vitamins he/she needs .

Tooth decay

Sugar in your baby’s mouth can feed bacteria. The bacteria produce a plaque acid, which can then decay teeth. This decay may lead to toothache, which can be really painful and in some cases require tooth extractions under general anaesthetic.

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There is lots of hidden sugar in the food we eat every day, especially processed foods and fast food. One way to avoid these hidden sugars in our diets and in our children’s diets is to cook simple meals from scratch. There are many convenient,easy-to-cook meals we can cook without needing to buy expensive fast food.

It can really help your baby to develop a love of healthy, freshly prepared food if you avoid giving him/her lots of processed meals full of hidden sugar.

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