Always read the label


A new report by Which? has warned that so-called healthy snacks designed for children’s lunchboxes are laden with hidden salt and sugar. After analysing the nutritional content of a range of snacks, Which? found that the products promoted as being free from additives are actually packed with sugar. Robinson’s Fruit Shoot orange drink contains 23g of sugar per 200ml bottle, almost five teaspoonfuls. Kellogg’s Frosties Cereal and Milk bars contain seven different sugars, making a 25g bar almost a third sugar. Dairylea Lunchables Ham ‘n’ Cheese crackers contain 1.8g of salt, more than half of the recommended daily allowance for a four to six year old child. Which? is calling for tighter rules on when manufacturers can make health claims – this would prevent sugary, salty foods being promoted as being healthy options due to high fibre or calcium.

Martyn Hocking, editor of Which? magazine, said: “Parents should be able to pick out healthy products for their kids’ lunchboxes, but what you see isn’t always what you get. Some products give the impression of being healthy, but are full of salt and sugar. The best way to beat the lunchbox 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 there’s less confusion on the supermarket shelves.”


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