Mom Diaries: Shocking Learnings on Nutrition Labels

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I recently read an article about a little girl who passed away without the parents’ knowing she had diabetes. It shattered my heart into so many pieces because the pain of losing a child is indescribable. At the same time, it made me feel wary of what I feed my daughter. Especially since I’m trying to be a “hands off parent”, I’ve been letting Selene enjoy whatever food she wants to eat provided she eats in moderation. I also balance it off by making sure she drinks her Promil Four milk twice a day (breakfast and before bedtime) to ensure she gets all the nutrients she needs – even if she skips the veggies for another serving of pasta.

Embracing Labels

As a mom, it is important to take a closer look at the nutritional values, ingredients, calorie count and most importantly, the sugar content of your child’s milk to better understand how it factors into his or her nutrition. My research then led to one significant learning about the sugar content in our kids’ milks. First off, we need to be taking a closer look at labels. If we care about the ingredient list of the skincare we put on our face (I, for one, am a stickler when it comes to this), then we should be paying more attention to the labels of food and milk products our kids actually ingest.
In doing this, we are at least in tune to the amount of fat, carbohydrates, sugar, etc. iour kids are consuming especially if it’s something like milk that they take in regularly. It’s a preventive measure that can strengthen our child’s health as early as now.
So when reading the ingredients label, we must remember that the items listed are in descending order of proportion: from most to least. This means that the first ingredient in the list is also the main component. Let’s take what’s inside milk products as an example. Some formula milk, like Promil Four, have non-fat milk as their first listed ingredient meaning it is the ingredient that makes up MOST of the milk.
Dr. Francisco, a certified Food Scientist noted that this component is preferred for children over 3 years old since it eliminates unnecessary fatty acids. Other milk brands however use other key ingredients like hydrolyzed cornstarch (right?! CORN STARCH!?!) that will make it look like milk physically but isn’t. It functions as a source of carbohydrates with also heavy sucrose (a.k.a the ‘bad sugar’) content.

The most important thing I learned… reading about sugar levels. I used to think high sugar content automatically means bad. This is not the case at all. It actually depends on what kind of sugar is present in the product and since labels only indicate aggregated sugar content, you have to read the ingredient list more closely. There are different kinds of sugar – a few are sucrose (the table sugar that we all know aka the ‘bad’ commercial sugar), fructose (found in fruits), glucose (found in honey, fruits and vegetables), maltose (found in barley) and lactose (found in milk).
A higher sugar level may mean that it is made up of high levels of lactose, the sugar found in milk which is good. If you automatically choose to go with the product with the lower sugar level, you may not know that the sugar is all sucrose, which is the sugar we don’t want too much of for our kids. I realized that milk brands in the market may seem all the same to consumers but with a closer look at the labels, you can truly see what they’re made of. You wouldn’t want your kids to be consuming hydrolyzed starch with lots of table sugar daily, right?
In Promil Four, Selene’s milk, I’m assured that the ingredients are ensured for my child’s proper growth and mental development, as it is predominantly lactose with non-fat milk as the main ingredient. It’s also the only formula milk with Nutrissentials which is a blend of DHA, AA, Lutein, Iodine, and Iron to help support brain and visual development. It also has Vitamin A, which supports healthy eye development; Zinc for normal growth and maintaining a healthy immune system; Niacin, which aids in metabolism; Biotin, which enhances energy for physical development; and Potassium, which promotes healthy muscles.
Have you read your child’s milk labels recently? If not, now’s the time to be informed, parents.
This post is in collaboration with Promil Four. However, opinions and thoughts are purely my own.
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  1. Arselyn Intoy
    October 22, 2018 / 3:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing momsh! Very informative! Will use it as a guide sa pag choose ko ng milk for Zophie in the near future. Sa ngayon kasi, breastfeed pa din sya. Turning 3 na pero ayaw pa mag wean 😅😅

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