The European Parliament voted with a resounding “No” to the proposed EU legislation that foods marketed to children could contain up to three times more sugar than recommended by WHO. As stated by the reporter Keith Taylor: “The vote is an important step in helping to ensure that EU rules on food for children is designed to put children’s health first. The European Commission’s proposal that would have allowed the baby food contained much higher levels of sugar than those recommended by the World Health. If Parliament had voted against the reform it would have allowed the baby food to contain much higher levels of sugar than those recommended by World Health.
The introduction of high levels of sugar in food, especially at such a tender age, would significantly contribute to the increase of childhood obesity and could affect the food preferences of children. After all it has been proven that stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain as cocaine or heroin. Especially for infants and young children added sugar should be largely avoided and natural nutritious food promoted. ”
The United Nations recommends limiting sugar intake to less than 10% of total energy consumption. According to the proposal from the European Commission, however, the sugars could represent up to 30% calorie intake baby food (sugar 7.5 g / 100 kcal is equivalent to 30 kcal sugar into energy 100 kcal). The positive decision reached by the EU parliament was backed up by concrete evidence that poor diet is by far the leading cause of illness and death worldwide, new evidence even suggests that Soda kills more than 180,000 people worldwide every year that’s even more than smoking alcohol and physical inactivity combined.