Is popular organic infant formula too sweet?

similar-organic-formula.jpgWe’d all love to believe that the label “organic” is synonymous with “healthy.”

But that may not be the case when it comes to Similac’s Organic Formula.

An article in the New York Times suggests Similac’s Organic Formula, which costs about five bucks more than non-organic Similac formulas, is the sweetest formula around. It uses cane sugar, which is sucrose and has been falling out of favor in infant formula since the 1950s.

Read the article here. (Thanks to a savvy SouthernMamas reader for alerting us to it).

“No health problems in babies have been associated with Similac Organic,” the article states. “But to pediatricians, there are risks in giving babies cane sugar.”

Concerns about sucrose include harming tooth enamel faster than other sugars and contributing to obesity, which is why the European Union plans to ban it in infant formula by the end of 2009. In a New York Times taste test, the Similac Organic formula tasted the sweetest, with “the sweetness of grape juice or Country Time lemonade.”

“All infant formulas contain added sugars, which babies need to digest the proteins in cow’s milk or soy,” the article states. “Other organic formulas, like Earth’s Best and Parent’s Choice, use organic lactose as the added sugar.”

Whether sucrose turns out to be a health risk or not, a too-sweet formula certainly isn’t what parents have in mind when we buy organic.

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