Jan 24 2011

Is Baby Mum-Mum a Good Snack?

Published by at 7:08 pm under Uncategorized

Baby Mum Mum

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.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Is Baby Mum-Mum a Good Snack?”

  1. [...] She blogs today about Baby Mum Mum and whether or not it’s really a healthy snack for your little one. She says no. Check out why by reading the blog post. [...]

  2. Angelon 20 Jul 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Thanks so much for this article! My daughter loves mum mums but I wanted to make sure they were OK for her to eat because I just read another article on this site reagrding labelling/misinformation, etc.. Based on the information in this article, I feel that I will continue to let her have them but make sure the majority of her snacks continue to be healthy and nutritious. I don’t believe it will be a disservice to her as I intend to teach her about nutrition and the majority of her diet is natural and raw so I think she can have her mum mums and eat them them too. :) Thanks for the info!

  3. Angelon 20 Jul 2012 at 6:01 pm

    *regarding. :)

  4. eileenBon 23 Jul 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Angel your approach sounds reasonable. Including real whole food is best for all of us, but the occasional small treat can be ok too. Thanks for your feedback.

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