Study: Children’s Snacks Not As Healthy As They Claim

Sky News:– Health and nutrition claims on snacks for children are “confusing” and potentially misleading, according to a study.

Two in five products marketed at children over the age of one were found to be “less healthy”.

Meanwhile, three-quarters of products that claimed to contain one of the five recommended daily portions of fruit and vegetables did not.

A total of 332 products – including cereals, fruit snacks, fruit-based drinks, ready meals and dairy products – were analysed as part of the study.

Researchers at the University of Glasgow have warned claims on labels risk creating a false impression of some foods, such as those high in sugar.

The study, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, focused on products marketed at children using cartoons, toys and promotions – as well as those which made claims such as “one of your five a day”.



  1. Why don’t St. Lucians start preparing healthy baby foods with banana, macaboo and plantain. Then again, no support, where are the labs, food security agencies?? Let us set these things up and take control of a trillion dollar business.

  2. There was a time when children snacked on local fruits and other snacks that were locally made, but now children are snacking on stuff that are imported, and these snacks sit on a shelf for a very long time in some cases. The Caribbean is now part of the unhealthy fast-food craze where taste is more important that nutrition, and these fast foods are loaded with calories, salt and sugar. And with many of our youths now entertaining themselves on electronic mediums, the physical body is not getting the amount of exercise that it needs. By the time our generation finished chasing our live stocks, be it goats, sheep, cattle, or pigs, then helping on the farm, we had just enough energy to go sit under a tree and drink some homemade lemonade and eat cassava bread, but somehow found some energy to go and play some cricket or football before all the daylight vanished; on the weekends we went swimming down by the sea shore. Physical exercise and better nutrition is paramount, else there is going to be a great economic strain on the medical system. And by the way, diabetes and amputation are on the rise in the Caribbean.

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