In March 2019 researchers on behalf of the Nutrition Commission of the German Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine published a statement concerning foods in baby food pouches. Pureed feeding products packed in squeezable plastic pouches, usually with a spout and a screw cap, have been increasingly marketed. It is recommended that infants and young children should not suck pureed or liquid complementary foods from baby food pouches. Foods should be offered with a spoon or available as finger foods. Infants and young children should be given the opportunity to get to know a variety of foods and food textures including pieces of foods. Foods marketed in baby food pouches often have a high energy density and are generally extremely high in sugar content, comprising up to almost 90% of the total energy content. Regular consumption can increase the risk of imbalanced nutrient provision and increased risks for dental caries and overweight. Foods for infants and young children should have a balanced composition and should contain only limited amounts of sugar. The feeding of pureed complementary foods from baby food pouches should be discouraged.
Koletzko B et al. Complementary foods in baby food pouches: position statement from the Nutrition Commission of the German Society for Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ, e.V.). Mol Cell Pediatr. 2019 Mar 6;6(1):2