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Article: The Nutritional Profile of Baby and Toddler Food Products Sold in Australian Supermarkets

TitleThe Nutritional Profile of Baby and Toddler Food Products Sold in Australian Supermarkets
Authors
KeywordsWeaning foods
Children
Food and nutrition
Infant
Nutritional profile
Public health
Issue Date2015
Citation
Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2015, v. 19, n. 12, p. 2598-2604 How to Cite?
Abstract© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Background/Aims: To examine the nutritional profile of baby and toddler foods sold in Australia. Methods: Nutrient information for baby and toddler foods available at Australian supermarkets was collected between Auguset and December 2013. Levels of declared energy, total fat, saturated fat, total sugar, sodium and estimated added sugar were examined, as well as the presence of additional micronutrients on the label. The Health Star Rating (HSR) system was used to determine nutritional quality. The range of products on offer was also examined by product type and by the age category for which the product was marketed. Results: Of the 309 products included, 29 % were fortified. On a per 100 g basis, these 309 products provided a mean (±SD) of 476 ± 486 kJ, 1.6 ± 2.4 g total fat, 10.7 ± 12.2 g total sugar, 2.7 ± 7.4 g added sugar, and 33.5 ± 66.5 mg sodium. Fruit-based products or products with fruit listed as an ingredient (58 %) were the predominant product type. On the nutrition label, 42 % displayed at least one additional micronutrient while 37 % did not display saturated fat. The most common HSR was four stars (45 %) and 6+ months was the most commonly identified targeted age group (36 %). Conclusions: The majority of baby and toddler foods sold in Australian supermarkets are ready-made fruit-based products aimed at children under 12 months of age. Baby and toddler foods are overlooked in public policy discussions pertaining to population nutrient intake but their relatively high sugar content deriving from fruits requires close attention to ensure these foods do not replace other more nutrient dense foods, given children have an innate preference for sweet tastes.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/222697
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.917
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.197

 

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dc.contributor.authorDunford, E.-
dc.contributor.authorLouie, J. C Y-
dc.contributor.authorByrne, R.-
dc.contributor.authorWalker, K. Z.-
dc.contributor.authorFlood, V. M.-
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-19T03:37:01Z-
dc.date.available2016-01-19T03:37:01Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationMaternal and Child Health Journal, 2015, v. 19, n. 12, p. 2598-2604-
dc.identifier.issn1092-7875-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/222697-
dc.description.abstract© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Background/Aims: To examine the nutritional profile of baby and toddler foods sold in Australia. Methods: Nutrient information for baby and toddler foods available at Australian supermarkets was collected between Auguset and December 2013. Levels of declared energy, total fat, saturated fat, total sugar, sodium and estimated added sugar were examined, as well as the presence of additional micronutrients on the label. The Health Star Rating (HSR) system was used to determine nutritional quality. The range of products on offer was also examined by product type and by the age category for which the product was marketed. Results: Of the 309 products included, 29 % were fortified. On a per 100 g basis, these 309 products provided a mean (±SD) of 476 ± 486 kJ, 1.6 ± 2.4 g total fat, 10.7 ± 12.2 g total sugar, 2.7 ± 7.4 g added sugar, and 33.5 ± 66.5 mg sodium. Fruit-based products or products with fruit listed as an ingredient (58 %) were the predominant product type. On the nutrition label, 42 % displayed at least one additional micronutrient while 37 % did not display saturated fat. The most common HSR was four stars (45 %) and 6+ months was the most commonly identified targeted age group (36 %). Conclusions: The majority of baby and toddler foods sold in Australian supermarkets are ready-made fruit-based products aimed at children under 12 months of age. Baby and toddler foods are overlooked in public policy discussions pertaining to population nutrient intake but their relatively high sugar content deriving from fruits requires close attention to ensure these foods do not replace other more nutrient dense foods, given children have an innate preference for sweet tastes.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofMaternal and Child Health Journal-
dc.subjectWeaning foods-
dc.subjectChildren-
dc.subjectFood and nutrition-
dc.subjectInfant-
dc.subjectNutritional profile-
dc.subjectPublic health-
dc.titleThe Nutritional Profile of Baby and Toddler Food Products Sold in Australian Supermarkets-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.description.natureLink_to_subscribed_fulltext-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10995-015-1778-y-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84947062216-
dc.identifier.volume19-
dc.identifier.issue12-
dc.identifier.spage2598-
dc.identifier.epage2604-
dc.identifier.eissn1573-6628-

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