Rethinking Suckable Fruit and Veggie Pouches

Posted on April 1, 2013

Baby Food

Why Suckable Fruit Sucks: The case against giving your kids blended fruit and vegetable pouches, by Melinda Wenner Moyer, is an interesting article about the suckable fruit and veggie pouches that have become a common snack in strollers, car seats, playgrounds, and homes.  The article has some important points about sugar content (a food pouch made of “pure fruit” is likely to have more sugar than fruit put through your food mill), differences in whole versus pureed fruits and vegetables and how the body processes them (relevant after you’ve passed the pureed food stage), and dental concerns.

We appreciate that Wenner Moyer states several times that food pouches aren’t bad as an occasional treat or when other food options are lacking–like during my family’s recent visit to the county fair: fried Twinkies, chocolate dipped bacon, french fries, funnel cake, um…we’ll take the fruit pouch!

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