JOPLIN, Mon. – The federal guidelines include some new nutritional recommendations for babies – and also reinforce what pediatricians have already said.
Dr. Beth Garrett, pediatrician, said, “I think what is new is that they cover a lifespan and include children, including infants, in the guidelines.”
A priority for the U.S. Department of Ag and the Department of Health and Human Services is that babies and children should not have added sugar in their diet.
“Sugar is in everything. We may think we’re giving our baby yogurt, baby yogurt that actually contains sugar, and so sugar can be found in many foods that we think are healthy. “
Dr. Beth Garrett recommends reading the nutrition labels carefully.
“I think the high fructose corn syrup is the big one we need to look for. But if you are not sure – look at the grams of sugar and the ingredients. If this isn’t a fruit then you want to think that the sugar is being added. “
The guidelines also emphasize breastfeeding alone for babies for six months and only using formulas when breast milk is not an option. Start other foods after six months and cow’s milk after a year.
“But like peanut butter, eggs, yogurt and cheese, we want to introduce these foods earlier so we can train the immune system not to be allergic.”