I was just talking to my mum on Skype as I was getting baby's food ready. She was commenting that he seemed very chatty and such, and I said that he woke up STARVING and very happily downed 2 clementine oranges. (It should be noted that he normally only gets one, but I was peeling for both of us, and he freaked out when he saw mine, and I caved). A few moments later, she said, and I quote, "It will be so nice in a few months, he can try cereal like Alpha Bits". I scoffed that I'd like to hold off on him ingesting that much sugar so young (he's 12.5 months), and her answer?
"Ha! How much sugar does his oranges have?"
Let's do some math, shall we?
Clementine Orange: 9.2 grams (per 100 grams of orange) of naturally occurring sugars.
Alpha Bits: 37 grams (per 100 grams of Alpha Bits) of unnaturally occurring sugars, including table sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
Really? Way to try and make me feel like a shitty mum. My kid loves oranges - thank God! He doesn't crave biscuits, he doesn't like cake, he's not even crazy about those baby rice cakes. He's never had fruit juice (except for when he was very little an incredibly constipated, he had it very watered down), he doesn't drink anything other than milk and water, and will hopefully never have soda. He loves melon, and apples, and bananas, and carrots, and sweet parsnips. Shouldn't I be HAPPY that he loves natural foods, versus handing him sugar coated corn treats and calling it a friggin' day? I guess not. I guess I have to get shit for feeding him real food, while in the same breath being told to feed him processed food.