I’m doing a prerecorded online presentation to the V Congresso Nacional de Alimentos e Nutrição, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, at 8:00 p.m. on my book Unsavory Truth (Um Verdade Indigesta). Information about the conference is here. It runs from October 4 to 8.
“Healthy” kids food: an oxymoron?
Foods marketed to kids are an enormously profitable enterprise, but most foods marketed to kids are ultraprocessed junk foods. Companies are scrambling to come up with profitable food items for kids that might actually be good for them. Hence: “healthy” kids food.
By the way, kids don’t need special foods designed for them; they are perfectly capable of eating anything that adults eat, cut or smashed to size and in smaller portions, of course.
This collection of articles is from FoodNavigator.com, an industry newsletter that I find highly informative.
From fussy eaters, to early years nutrition, allergies and healthy snacks for kids, we take a look at the latest developments in children’s food and profile innovation for the next generation.
- Danone talks early life nutrition: The first 1,000 days can influence health for a lifetime: Early life nutrition – from pregnancy to around two years – is a ‘critical period’ that can ‘positively influence health for a lifetime’, Danone Senior Medical Affairs Manager of Specialised Nutrition UK & Ireland, Zoe Ellis, tells FoodNavigator. What research, trends and opportunities does the French food giant believe will shape future innovation?.. Read
- Fruit snacks under fire: Is Action on Sugar’s call for ‘honest labelling’ justified? Action on Sugar wants a ban on the use of claims such as ‘one of your five a day’, ‘naturally occurring sugars’ or ‘made from real fruit’ on fruit snacks for children that can contain the equivalent of five teaspoons of sugar. Are these misleading or truthful statements?.. Read
- Bite-sized NPD: The latest in kids snacking to hit UK shelves: How can brands encourage children to eat ‘healthier’ snacks? Nestlé’s approach is to create breakfast cereal in the shape of a bear, Cadbury is shrinking its portion sizes to cut calories, and Kellogg is personalising covers on Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies. Swipe through the photo gallery for the latest innovations in bite-sized NPD… Display
- Children with food allergies face ‘staggering’ lack of choice: With one in 40 kids suffering from cow’s milk allergy alone, and with food allergies more prevalent in children than adults, food companies are way behind in servicing the demand for healthy free-from children’s products, says the founder of UK dairy-free children’s brand Little Bandits… Read
- Challenger baby food brand spots gap for ‘truly organic’ premium baby formula: Piccolo is countering falling baby food sales in the UK as a whole by successfully tapping into the desire for ‘truly organic’ baby products from consumers prepared to pay a premium for it… Read
- Baby food sector is neglecting infants’ nutritional needs, says start-up: Little Tummy hopes to disrupt the UK baby food sector with paediatrician-developed meals with more micronutrients and less sugar than other brands on the market… Read
- Milking it? Free school milk under fire from plant-based backers: A group of UK doctors has hit out at the provision of milk in schools arguing dairy is ‘not an essential part of school nutrition’. But do their claims about health and sustainability stack up – or would children lose out?.. Read
- Kids most exposed to junk food advertising in France, finds public health agency: A fresh study has revealed that children in France are most exposed to advertising for products with a Nutri-Score ranking of D and E – meaning foods of lower nutritional quality. The findings, says Santé Publique France, support the need for food marketing restrictions… Read
- Study: Kids’ ‘pester power’ can promote healthy family eating habits: Could children’s pester power (the influence kids have over their family’s eating behaviors) be a force for promoting positive and healthy eating behaviors at home?.. Read
- Children and adolescents are ‘less sensitive’ to sweet taste: study: Children and adolescents are less sensitive to sweet taste than adults, new research finds… Read
- Pester power: ‘Peppa Pig, Disney, and Star Wars have no place on unhealthy food and drink’: The association of cartoon characters with HFSS food and drink must end, according to a fresh report out of the UK which has called on parents to share their view on child-friendly marketing… Read
And while we are on the subject of “healthy” kids foods, what about what General Mills is doing?
General Mills is bringing back its classic recipes for four of its cereals: Cocoa Puffs, Golden Grahams, Cookie Crisp and Trix, according to a release. This reformulation back to retro ’80s recipes is permanent and is now available at retailers nationwide.
Just what kids do not need. Sigh.