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Is it true that adding sugar to babies under one year food are not safe? If so what can I use instead of sugar to make healthy and tasty food for my child.

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As a parent of a sub-one-year child, I would advise you to ask your pediatrician. I can think of no reason not to do so. –  Dinah Sep 27 '10 at 4:36
I would suggest that this is off topic as it is only loosely related to cooking. This is a question about health and nutrition, and requires medical expertise to answer. –  Chris Cudmore Sep 27 '10 at 14:01
Even worse, You can find dozens of pediatricions, nutritionists, and everything else that give divergent answers. So, it is not only somewhat unrelated to cooking, but subjective as well. –  Ruz Jan 5 '12 at 18:11

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I know that one shouldn't give honey to infants because their immune systems aren't developed enough to deal with the C. botulinum spores found in it, but I've never heard that table sugar was unsafe for them. That said, some pediatricians believe that adding sugar to baby food encourages an unhealthy taste for sugar in children and should be avoided. The natural sweetness of fruits and vegetables should be enough flavor for infants, particularly because they haven't yet developed a taste for table sugar that might interfere with their enjoyment of food.

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To persuade my child to eat some vegetables such as zucchini or okra, I used to add same sugar to make it sweet, how can I deal with this problem? –  Soss Aug 7 '10 at 15:23
I don't think you necessarily have a problem if your kids are eating those vegetables with the addition of a small amount of sugar, but if you're concerned about it, you might want to ask your children's pediatrician or a nutritionist about the issue. As well, you might try tempting your kids with other, sweeter vegetables. Trial and error takes time, but I think it's worth it to find foods that kids will eat without the addition of sugar. –  Iuls Aug 7 '10 at 15:41
I'm with Iuls. Offer vegetables (without sugar) that the child will eat. There are vegetable juices available, which may be a partial solution. –  kiamlaluno Aug 7 '10 at 15:49
I would check with a doctor before adding any sugar to an infant's diet. There is some nascent evidence that it may mess up the child's appetite control. –  papin Aug 7 '10 at 21:44
We've found that mixing the disliked food with something liked usually results in successful eating patterns. (But I tried Peas mixed with apple sauce and don't know why the kid eats that!) –  Ruz Jan 5 '12 at 18:13

Our kids' nutritionist told us the issue is that table sugar is empty calories - no vitamins, no minerals, etc. You could use naturally sweet veggies and mix them - adding sweet corn to zucchini and okra, or pureed sugar beets.

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You could also use fruit juices to cook the veg.

I cook carrots and Parsnips in Orange Juice for example.

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Another issue with sugar in baby foods is that if your baby is given generally sweet food, he/she will develop a natural taste for sugar and sweet things. that might lead to a more unhealthy diet.

If you wan't to use some natural healthy ingredients to sweeten things up, i would suggest using mashed banana, apple- pear puree, mango etc. etc..

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