About 40 to 55 percent of the calories in human breast milk come from carbohydrates which sweeten breast milk. Babies naturally enjoy sweeter foods, but that doesn’t mean they need sugar! Even the high sugar content in some fruit can be excessive for babies. Remember that vegetables tend to contain the same important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber as fruits and then some. Opting for root veggies like winter squash and sweet potato is a great compromise, as they provide a sweetness that babies love while also using slow-burning starchy carbs instead of simple sugars.
When it comes to store-bought baby foods, pay attention to the sugar content. Check the number of grams and stick to servings under 5g. Doesn’t sound like a lot, right? But 5g of sugar for a 15-pound baby is like a 150-pound adult eating 50g of sugar, which is the equivalent of drinking a 16-ounce bottle of cola.