What is your take on the upcoming "chocolate flavored Formula"?
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Angela - posted on 07/18/2010
Yuk. This goes up there with the brilliant idea that some people have of putting pop in their kids bottles. Kids NEED to enjoy food without added sugar, salt, etc. Start them on that junk now, and you end up with a kid that won't eat anything healthy. Ever. I say, dumb, dumb, dumb idea.
Casey - posted on 07/19/2012
Wow, i case the obesity problem in our children isn't already a serious problem, let's give babies sugary formula. Crazy and sad that parents would even consider this for infants! Give babies sugary food, good luck getting hem to eat their veggies or anything healthy. I even gave my daughter all veggies for several weeks before introducing fruit because it's sweeter. I would never even consider giving that to an infant or toddler.
Becky - posted on 05/25/2010
Wow, this is a great way of establishing bad food choices and unhealthy eating habits in our future generations.
It is my responsibility as a mother to give my baby the best possible start in life and a huge part of that is fueling her body and brain with nutritious foods.
Money is the motive behind this idea not the health and well being of our children - I would not let this crap anywhere near my daughter.
Tina - posted on 05/25/2010
To me the problem would definately be the sugar they would add to the formula, chocolate is not a natural ingredient to breast milk, they say dark chocolate is suppose to be good for us in moderation, but lets just hold off on that for a while ( what about carob wouldn't that be a better alternative.)
Christina - posted on 05/21/2010
I think it's ridiculous. Formula is supposed to be a nutritious alternative for moms who cannot or choose not to breastfeed. Adding so much sugar to a childs diet at such a young age is only going to help make things worse as they get older. Aside from that, what's the point in trying to teach your kid to live a healthy lifestyle if you're only going to sabotage it to start with? Using it as a tool to help wean your baby, I can't say anything bad about that cuz you gotta do what you gotta do to get him/her used to something that isn't your breast milk. As long as you're monitoring how much they get it shouldn't be a problem. My daughter's two today and we give her chocolate milk maybe twice a month and it only has about one ounce of chocolate per 8ozs, maybe less.
Food and beverage manufacturers should definitely know better, tho. There's enough food and drinks out there that have too much crap added to it, why mess with infant formula? Most parents are going to have a hard enough time avoiding excess sugar anyway. Mothers who give their toddlers juice, like me, are probably shocked at what's in most juices. I only give my daughter juicy juice or v-8 v-fusion, nothing else cuz there's just too much sugar in it.
Jayne - posted on 05/20/2010
disgusting. there is nearly 5 tsp per 7 ounce. im not really sure how much 7 ounces is (im australian) but im sure its far too much sugar anyway.
my baby is 3 months old, breastfed, and im holding off solids as long as possible and definitely NO SWEETS until she's old enough to buy them herself.
if she wants a sugary treat she can have fruit.
Cathralynn - posted on 05/19/2010
Bad idea. I am proud of myself and my daughter that she is two and has only had milk or water. No juice etc. I am worried about the trends of our society to overeat and I know how hard it was for me to switch to mostly water, we lead by example at our house. I can't believe people would introduce sugar that early. But there are those that add flavorings and sweeteners to normal foods and drinks to get their kids to eat them. I disagree and go with the taste it 10-15 times method before deciding you don't like it. You'd be surprised what your kids will eat if you have a positive attitude and let them taste it a few times.
Louise - posted on 05/19/2010
This is a bad idea. Very young children should not be encouraged to drink sweet drinks like this. What is the problem with the taste of good old cows milk. Babies do not know what chocolate tasted like so who is it designed for mums or babes!
I think it's good for those who don't do regular cow milk.
Both of my kids did baby formula till 10 months, then Toddler formula (unflavored) for a couple of months, then cow milks at around 12 months.
Enfamil had a chocolate and a vanillia flavored formula, but both myself and my husband drink milk, so there was no need for the extra flavoring; since they will be eating and drinking what we eat and drink.
Crystal - posted on 05/04/2010
In my opinion, children should not be introduced to sweets or chocolate for as long as possible. Once they try something sweet, they won't want anything else. Besides isn't the rise in diabetes in North America already a sign that we need to lay off the sweets.
Bethanie - posted on 05/03/2010
Ridiculous and sad. Some parents are too quick to believe product packaging and will be the ones purchasing this uneccessary junk for the toddlers to drink. I'll venture to say, the same parents that don't think twice about feeding their children a steady diet of processed chicken nuggets and french fries. Such a shame.
Kristin - posted on 05/02/2010
I guess it all depends on how much sugar is in it. I don't like bottle of chocolate milk because they've almost got as much sugar as a candy bar. Not what I would call healthy. Also, chocolate is an allergen. But, I guess to each their own.
Wow I had no idea they were doing that soon. In a way I think it's crazy, but also I think it could help the moms that wean their children from breastfeeding before they are old enough for cows milk, but already too established to adapt to drinking formula. I had to give my son chocolate milk just to get him to gradually wean off of me at 2 yrs old. He wouldn't have anything to do with cows milk before that. I can't blame him I don't like cows milk myself and I have allergies to it so he may feel the same as me. But back to your comment, I think it could be usefull with many babies, but abused with many others.
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