A study conducted by Gemma Bridge, at Leeds Beckett University, and the Professor of Transcultural Oral Health at King's College London, Raman Bedi, revealed that more than fifty per cent of baby formulas, of the two hundred that were tested, had more than five grammes of sugar per one hundred millilitres, which is twice the amount of sugar than a fizzy drink.
In addition, sugar levels in some cases reached seven-point-five grammes per one-hundred millilitres, which supersedes the amount recommended by the EU, for infants.
“Some baby formulas contain twice the amount of sugar than a fizzy drink.“
For example, a UK readymade formula, targeted towards a twelve-month baby, contained eight-point-one grammes per one-hundred millilitres.
As a result, the researchers suggest restrictions on the sugar content of baby formula products need to be put in place. In addition, they also called for a simple description of the sugar levels, so that consumers can make more educated decisions.