Parents Warned About Sugary Snacks in Lunchboxes

by Rajshri on  November 16, 2009 at 7:29 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
Parents Warned About Sugary Snacks in Lunchboxes
Consumer campaign group Which?, has warned that parents might be packing lunch boxes full of sugary snacks for their kids when they buy so-called snacks designed for children.

The report said that one pack of Dairylea Lunchables Ham 'n' Cheese Crackers contained 1.8g of salt, which happens to be over 50% of the recommended daily allowance for kids aged four to six-years- old.

"Parents should be able to pick out healthy products for their kids' lunch-boxes, but what you see isn't always what you get," said Which? magazine editor Martyn Hocking. "Some products give the impression of being healthy, but are full of salt and sugar. The best way to beat the lunch-box baddies is by checking the nutrition and ingredient information. We'd also like to see the rules on health and nutrition claims made tougher so that there's less confusion on the supermarket shelves."

A 200ml Robinsons Fruit Shoot orange juice drink contained 23g of sugar, which equals almost 5 teaspoons.

The food and drink manufacturing industry was unhappy with the report saying it was baseless, "Critically, we are also leading the way when it comes to the provision of clearer nutrition information on products so that busy mums can make better informed choices about the food and drinks they want to buy for their families when in the supermarket," said Julian Hunt, director of communications at the Food and Drink Federation.

Source: Medindia

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