Oh..My Milk…Monday, June 11, 2012 16:02
We are having someone new in the house. Ian is getting a baby brother soon. Everybody in the house was a bit panicky with the preparations even though this is not the first time we are having a baby. Since Mama is away in the UK, Papa is left with Tok Mi to make sure everything is baby friendly in the house. We will be flying to UK soon to join Mama who is due to deliver sometime in June. Ian is still sticking to his well and good Anmum Essential. I guess our new baby when he gets to be 1 year plus will also be doing Anmum Essential. It’s like part of the family now. A well trusted brand that will be with the family for many times to come. Like a passed down tradition.
Lately I saw a growing number of growing up milk powder in the market with claims about their sugar content – no added sugars, no sucrose, less sweet… Mamil Gold – no sucrose, Dutch Lady – reduced sugar, S26 – no sucrose, Nan – no sucrose, Snow – no added sugars. But can we really believe them? Sometimes it’s worth reading the finer points to avoid being misled unnecessarily. It’s our kids we are talking about here. I would advise that we shouldn’t be taking any chances. What they eat especially as it will be with them forever. Now there is some research showing there is only one choice that really is no added sugars – that is Anmum Essential.
NOT ALL GROWING UP MILK (“GUM”) ARE THE SAME!! (from Health Today Magazine)
Upon my reading and further investigations, these claims by other brands are misleading because they focus on a single type of added sugar (sucrose), while ignoring others (glucose syrup solids, corn syrup solids, dextrin, maltodextrin). Funny enough, we bumped into a sales promoter at our local Tesco who cheerfully handed over us a pamphlet which contains some explanation on an independent scientific research from world leading team at University of Sydney. The research was published recently on sugar content in growing up milk powder. The research studies on the Glycemic Load (GL) of growing up milk powders (GUMP) in Malaysia. GL is the measure of changes to the sugar level in the bloodstream after drinking a glass milk.
– A high GL means a lot of sugars added, which causes a blood sugar spike
– A low GL means no or low added sugars, which is healthier
International experts agree that children should avoid too much high GL food and drinks because excessive intake of high GL increases the risk of chronic diseases apart from them being unnecessarily hyperactive. Just take Ian for example, previously he just would not come around to sleep after drinking some milk..Jumping around on the bed had become a habit until we switched to Anmum Essential.
This research study provides independent proof that only one growing up milk in Malaysia really has no added sugars, because only one growing up milk has a low GL – that is Anmum Essentials.
The results of the study are unbelievable, but sadly true. I wouldn’t have known this until I read the research report. No other GUMP tested had a low GL.
- Mamil Gold – claims ‘no sucrose’ but it contains a lot of glucose syrup solids, which IS a form of added sugar
- S26 Gold – claims no sucrose but it contains a lot of maltodextrin, which IS a form of added sugar
- Dutch Lady – claims reduced sugar but it contains a lot of glucose syrup solids, which IS a form of added sugar
- Enfagrow/ Enfakid –both contain a lot of corn syrup syrup solids, which IS an added sugar
- Nan – claims no sucrose but it contains a lot of corn syrup solids, which IS a form of added sugar
- Snow – claims no added sugars but it contains a lot of dextrin, which IS a form of added sugar
Today in Harian Metro, there is an article that talks about this too.. this is amazing.. for a dad like me who thought any milk powder would do. I guess not. If you want to read the article, you may check out the link at http://www.hmetro.com.my/articles/Panduanpilihsususimanja/Article/ and there is also a blog details out how to manage sugar content in everyday’s diet at http://ginews.blogspot.com/. It’s just a matter of making the efforts to ensure the best of our children.
THERE IS A DANGER IN TAKING EXCESSIVE ADDED SUGARS!! (from Health Today Magazine)
So you better make sure that you check the content before you purchase a GUMP.. Here’s how…
Hope you take the right action before it’s too late…