Attention Parents..! So much sugar in Cerelac for kids?

Sowmiya Sriram
Attention Parents..! So much sugar in Cerelac for kids?
A study found that children are fed 3 grams of sugar in each serving of Cerelac, a popular baby food product in India. The report results of the study conducted by the organization called Public Eye have been released now. Accordingly, two of Nestlé's best-selling baby food brands in india have been found to contain high levels of added sugar. Nestlé, the world's largest consumer goods company, has been accused in several countries of adding sugar and honey to children's milk and cereal products, violating international guidelines to prevent obesity and chronic diseases. Violations of this rule have been found only in Asian, African, and Latin American countries. This has created shock among parents.
The study found that all 15 Cerelac baby products sold in india contained an average of 3 grams of sugar per serving. But the same products are sold in germany and england without added sugar. Meanwhile in ethiopia and Thailand, each serving is reported to contain nearly 6 grams of sugar. On the packaging of these types of products, the amount of added sugar is often not disclosed in the nutritional information. "Noting that, while Nestlé uses great images to highlight the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients in its products, it's not as transparent when it comes to sugar".
Too much sugar can promote a form of addiction among children. Experts warn that it can lead to cravings for more sugary foods. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic non-communicable diseases. Also, it increases the risk of nutrition-based disorders in adult life. Commenting on the allegations, a Nestlé india spokesperson explained, "We comply with all local regulations and international standards and have already reduced the added sugars in our baby cereal range by 30% in the last five years." It is noteworthy that Nestlé has sold 20,000 crores worth of Serlac products in india by 2022.

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