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Experts warn of health risks as sugar found hidden in Nestle baby cereals


A newly released investigative report has uncovered that certain baby food products sold in emerging markets contain added sugar, prompting concerns from pediatric specialists. The report from Public Eye analyzed infant feeding products from global food giant Nestle marketed in Africa, Asia, Latin America and other regions. Tests showed the company's cereals sold locally contained concentrations of added sucrose and glucose beyond what is naturally present in breastmilk or formula.

While such sweetened baby foods are common in Western nations, most guidance advises against introducing sugar to young children's diets. According to doctors, this is due to multiple potential adverse effects on health and development. Excessive sugar too early can disrupt appetite regulation, raising obesity risks down the line. It may also cause dangerous imbalances in blood sugar levels, interfering with metabolic pathways important for growth. Another major issue is the promotion of tooth decay even before teeth have emerged.

Pediatricians warn parents especially about behavioral impacts like hyperactivity followed by irritability. Low nutrition is another issue if sugary snacks displace more nutrient-dense options. Long term, heightened sugar exposure in infancy has been linked to impaired learning as well as chronic conditions such as diabetes emerging earlier. Now the Food Safety Authority has launched an inquiry to determine compliance with domestic regulations. If violations are proven, penalties may be applied to safeguard the wellbeing of 's youngest consumers.

This concerning exposé underscores the need for full transparency around ingredients. While corporations aim to increase profits globally, customer trust ultimately relies on prioritizing public health above all else. With more research revealing both short and long term impacts, perhaps it is time for a rethink of sugar promotion targeting developing nations. The health of future generations could depend on getting formulas right from the very start.

The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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