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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:26 pm    Post subject: Milk  Reply with quote

Made in UK toddler’s milk lacks required nutrition: research

Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:11PM GMT

The UK government has been criticized over the lack of nutrition information for toddler’s milk as new research shows the milk has less than the recommended daily intake of calcium and over twice the amount of sugar compared to natural cow’s milk.

Consumer group Which? said on Wednesday parents could be wasting hundreds of pounds on “unnecessary" toddler milks that can contain more sugar and less calcium than cows' milk. In their survey they found 46-percent of mothers use toddler’s milk.

“Ministers should make their advice much clearer and introduce guidance on the ingredients of toddler milks, including the level of sugar and calcium,” said Richard Lloyd, the executive director at Which? .

Baby and toddler dairy products companies that distribute across the UK such as Aptamil and Hipp, and UK-based Cow & Gate mix additives such as vanilla extract, which attracts the child to that type of milk and build a preference to sweetened food products.

There is a clear distinction that toddler’s milk is less healthy than normal off the shelf conventional milk. Conventional milk has 4.7g of sugar in 100ml compared to 7.9g of sugar per 100ml in toddler’s milk. In 100ml of toddler milk from Aptamil and Cow & Gate there is 86mg of calcium, which means children drinking that milk get half of the 122mg of calcium in conventional milk.

The toddler milk is more expensive than cow’s milk. The annual cost of toddler milk has been shown to be almost 10 times more expensive than cow’s milk, being £62 per year for cow’s milk compared to £593 for ready-to-feed toddler milk.

“At a time when so many household budgets are severely squeezed, parents could be saving hundreds of pounds on toddler milks that the government says are unnecessary”, said Lloyd.


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