Spoonful(One) Of Sugar: Does SpoonfulOne Follow New USDA Guidelines?
Learn about the USDA’s new guidelines on avoiding added sugar for babies under 2, how SpoonfulOne doesn't meet these guidelines by containing added sugar, and how Ready, Set, Food! aligns with guidelines to introduce peanut, egg, and milk without added sugar.
No added sugar for babies, says the USDA.
The USDA recently published its 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Report. For the first time, the USDA has included guidelines for feeding babies under 2 years old. They've recognized how important feeding patterns in the first 1,000 days are to building healthy habits for life.
One of the USDA’s important recommendations is to feed your baby peanut and egg starting in their first year of life, to help prevent them from developing allergies to these foods later in life.
Another crucial part of the guidelines is to avoid feeding your baby any added sugar. But SpoonfulOne, a system that introduces babies to allergy-causing foods like peanut and egg, contains added sugar.
Today, we'll break down the USDA guidelines on no added sugar for babies, and show how SpoonfulOne's allergen introduction system doesn't follow these USDA guidelines.
USDA: No Added Sugar For Babies!
The USDA guidelines are clear: "Avoid foods and beverages with added sugars during the first 2 years of life."
"Avoid foods and beverages with added sugars during the first 2 years of life."
Consuming added sugar increases their risk of obesity and other chronic health conditions later in life.
This is because babies' lifelong eating habits are shaped by what they eat and drink in their first two years. If they consume added sugar too early, they'll form unhealthy habits, and prefer non-nutritious sweet foods for the rest of their life.
Plus, as the USDA advises, "The energy in [products with added sugar] is likely to displace energy from nutrient-dense foods, increasing the risk of nutrient inadequacies.”
In other words, if you feed your baby a food containing added sugar, that takes up a critical spot in feeding that you could have filled with a nutrition-packed food. The unhealthy energy in the added sugar takes away from the healthy energy in foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and eggs.
What counts as added sugar?
What counts as added sugar?
- Any sugar that is added to a processed or prepared food
- Any sugar that doesn't show up naturally in unprocessed food or drink.
The natural sugars in fresh fruits, cow's milk, and breastmilk are fine for babies, as they aren't "added" to the food. The sugars are already part of these healthy foods, not added in.
But any processed food with extra sugar listed on the label is not okay for babies. (The CDC lists out ways added sugar shows up on labels here.)
It doesn't matter if that sugar is organic cane sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. If it's added to a recipe or listed separately on a label, that counts as added sugar.
SpoonfulOne contains added sugar, so it doesn't follow USDA guidelines
SpoonfulOne makes three products for babies and toddlers:
- Mix-ins powder for babies only "once they have begun eating solid foods.
- Puffs for babies "accustomed to chewing solid foods," and 6 months of age or older.
- Oat Crackers for babies/toddlers 1-year-old and up
SpoonfulOne products contain up to 2g (oat crackers) of added sugar
All three of these SpoonfulOne products contain (up to 2g of) added sugar in each serving (the oat crackers contain the most sugar per serving). In fact, sugar is one of the two top ingredients in their oat crackers and Mix-ins, and each serving of Mix-ins contains 50% sugar.
The sugar is used to mask flavors that babies might not enjoy, but this sets babies up to prefer sugary foods and not enjoy the taste of healthy foods in their most natural form. This clearly doesn't meet the new USDA guidelines for avoiding added sugar when feeding babies under 2 years old.
Most babies already consume too much added sugar. On average, babies under age 1 consume a teaspoon of added sugar per day, while toddlers age 1-2 consume 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day. According to the USDA, they don't need any more added sugar from products like SpoonfulOne, especially since the USDA clearly states that any added sugar is too much.
Ready, Set, Food!: Introduce Peanut, Egg, and Milk With No Added Sugar
Fortunately, Ready, Set, Food! provides a healthier option to introduce your baby to peanut and egg (plus milk), without the added sugar that babies don’t need. Our system gently and safely introduces peanut, egg, and milk to your baby, aligning with USDA guidelines, to help reduce your baby’s food allergy risk by up to 80%. Ready, Set, Food!’s ingredients are only organic, non-GMO peanuts, egg, and milk...nothing else.
Ready, Set, Food!’s ingredients are only organic, non-GMO peanuts, egg, and milk...nothing else.
Each daily packet of Ready, Set, Food! contains the highest quality peanut, egg, and milk powders, with no artificial additives and no added sugar. Plus, our system is recommended by 1,000+ leading pediatricians and allergists. Learn more about why Ready, Set, Food! is designed for every family, and more on why you should choose Ready, Set, Food! for your baby instead of SpoonfulOne.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If your infant has severe eczema, check with your infant’s healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.