Jan 24 2011
I just went to a parenting class and was asked about an item called Baby Mum-Mum, a product I was not familiar with, so on my way home I picked up a box and looked at the nutrition information label. The way I judge if a snack is “good” or “bad”, is based on the nutrition it carries . So before even looking at the ingredient list I looked at the nutrition label. Baby Mum-Mum carries none of the nutrition a baby needs only salt and starch. It carries no fiber, vitamins or minerals and only a speck of protein- equal to less then the amount in 1/2 teaspoon ( not tablespoon) of milk. When children eat a food that “dissolves easily” it means they will not learn to chew or “gum” their food , and a food that carries no nutrition is likely to replace foods that actually promote growth and development. Baby Mum-Mum is one of those snacks that does not carry anything bad, after all the ingredients include only rice and potato starch, salt and sugar but the real question is; Does it contain what your baby needs? It might not do any harm but does it do any good?
Our job as parents is not just to get our kids to eat, it is to introduce them to food that will help them grow and develop and learn the joys of eating. Teaching our children to like a food that does not carry nutrition is a disservice to them, and may teach them to overeat because a food that carries no fiber or protein will not be filling. A much better choice is to serve real food such as grated or chopped fruit and vegetables, and simple bread, crackers or cereal. When choosing a cereal or cracker use the nutrition label to guide you; look for items that carry the nutrients your baby needs such as fiber, protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals.