Sugar, and food and drink containing it, such as syrups, squash drinks and jams that contain sugar : Contains no nutrients, only calories. Because it lacks fibre, it is taken into the bloodstream too quickly, causing the body to produce large amounts of insulin. Over a prolonged period this has been linked to mature-onset diabetes. Dried and fresh fruit, date puree (see recipe above), natural fruit juices and no-added sugar and jams are a better source of sweetness in the diet.
(Small amounts of organic honey can be used from 12 months on) : Another concentrated food which is why it’s not recommended for young babies. It does not contain fibre and so has the same disadvantages as sugar although it contains natural antibiotics and has healing properties.
PROCESSED, CANNED AND PACKAGED FOODS
These contain artificial additives such as preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial flavourings, and colourings. : Not recommended at any age, but especially not for babies because of the danger of allergic reactions. Some additives have been linked with hyperactivity and aggression in young children. Permissable ones, in my opinion, include canned beans, baked beans and tomatoes.
WHOLE NUTS, BOTH SALTED AND UNSALTED
(unsalted peanuts can be given from about five to six years on) : They can get stuck in the baby’s throat and cause choking.
found in coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate and cocoa products : It is a stimulant.
DEEP-FRIED FOODS : Fat is difficult for a baby to digest and too much is undesirable in any diet. Heating oil to the required temperatures alters the chemical structure, making it potentially harmful.