Why do you say that Ribena is not suitable for use for babies and toddlers under 36 months?
Babies and toddlers under 36 months have special nutritional requirements. Drinks that are specially designed and marketed for them have to reflect these requirements and the food regulations which govern these products. Ribena is not specially designed and marketed as a drink for babies and toddlers. The on-pack directions for use therefore include the statement:
This drink is not suitable for babies and toddlers under 36 months.
For babies below the age of 12 months we, together with health professionals, suggest that they should only be given water that has been boiled and then cooled, or specially formulated baby drinks.
As a responsible manufacturer, we recommend that Ribena juice drinks are not suitable for toddlers under 36 months. This helps prevent toddlers ‘filling-up’ on juice drinks and then failing to eat their meals. Balanced nutrition is very important at this time to maintain their growth and development.
All Ribena drinks can be consumed freely by older children (above 3 years) and adults as part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.
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You have to be careful about giving babies and toddlers too much sugar and too many sugary foods. Sugar can induce tooth decay in tooth buds, that is the bits that will grow into teeth as the baby grows. Blackcurrants are naturally very sour, so Ribena and anything else containing blackcurrant requires a lot of sugar. It’s not particularly good for anyone to have too much sugar but can be permanently damaging to undeveloped teeth x
Its recomended that young babies shouldnt have sugar at all in their diet, to stop them developing a taste for it as they get older. And for toddlers, the same, and obviously hyperactivity and tooth decay is an issue, one carton alone contains nearly double the guidline sugar intake. Ribena’s statement is:
“As a responsible manufacturer, we recommend that Ribena juice drinks are not suitable for toddlers under 36 months. This helps prevent toddlers ‘filling-up’ on juice drinks and then failing to eat their meals. Balanced nutrition is very important at this time to maintain their growth and development.
All Ribena drinks can be consumed freely by older children (above 3 years) and adults as part of a healthy diet and active lifestyle.”
I think its because of the high sugar levels. Also, juice fills you up a lot, so giving juice to under 3’s would discourage eating other foods. Giving water would encourage the child to drink it more in the future too. I think its to do with eating a balanced healthy diet.
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Ribena is a con. They found it contains virtually no fruit and they were fined. I think its all synthetic rubbish.
I heard that it was because of the sugar content…I think the warning is incase people give it to under 3’s regularly.
High sugar content – and DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SUGAR FREE!! The artificial sweeteners they use aren’t proven safe. I wouldn’t want to stuff my kids (if I had any) full of artificial rubbish, either!