Thursday, February 02, 2012

"No Added Sugars" Milk

When I first found out about how much sugars Ayra had been consuming in her previous growing up milk powder, I was so shocked. I couldn't believe it. According to this sugar calculator, she consumed 7-10 teaspoons of added sugars every day! That is waaaayyy beyond the recommended amount for her age!

I was worried. Too much added sugars is not good, especially for growing children. They are just empty calories that can increase the risk of a lot of health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and other diseases.

I knew I had to do something. I had to change her growing up milk - one that contains no added sugars.

That's when I found out about Anmum Essential. I switched to it immediately!

Just so you know, Anmum Essential is the only growing up milk powder with no added sugars.

You should be aware of claims about the absence of specific types of sugar in a product because there could still be other types of added sugars present. Like for example, if a product claims that it has "no added sucrose" or is "sucrose free", it could still contain other types of added sugars such as corn syrup glucose or glucose syrup solids. So always ALWAYS check the labels and ingredient list and look for products that are labelled as "no added sugars" or "less sugars" or "sugar free". Even the Ministry Of Health says that "no sucrose" doesn't necessarily mean "no added sugars".

I think I've seen a few growing up milks with such claims about their formulations and wonder what they mean.

Growing up milk powders are supposed to be all about superior nutrition for growing children so it's important to use one that has no added sugars. You can watch Professor Davies, who is the Director of Children's Nutrition Research Centre, University of Queensland, Australia and Dr. John Monro, Principal Scientist of Institute for Plant and Food Research, New Zealand, talk about added sugars in children's milk in these videos:

1) Do children need added sugars?
2) Sugar intake recommendations
3) What are added sugars and how to find them in your child's milk
4) Definitions of added sugars
5) Types and amounts of added sugars in your child's milk

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