A comparison of pre-prepared commercial infant feeding meals with home-cooked recipes
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Objectives. To compare the cost, nutritional and food variety contents of commercial meals and published infant and young child feeding (IYCF) home-cooked recipes, and to compare nutritional contents to age-specific recommendations. Design. Cross-sectional study. Setting. Full range of pre-prepared main-meals available within the UK market. Main meal recipes identified from a survey of Amazon’s top 20 bestsellers and IYCF cookbooks available from local libraries. Samples. 278 commercial IYCF savoury meals from UK market and 408 home-cooked recipes from bestselling IYCF published cookbooks. Main Outcome Measures. Cost and nutritional content per 100g and food variety per meal for both commercial meals and home-cooked recipes. Results. Commercial products provided more ‘vegetable’ variety per meal (median=3.0; r=-0.33) than home-cooked recipes (2.0). Recipes provided 26% more energy and 44% more protein and total fat compared to commercial products (r=-0.40, -0.31, -0.40 respectively) whilst costing less (£0.33/100g and £0.68/100g respectively). The majority of commercial products (65%) met energy density recommendations but 50% of home-cooked recipes exceeded the maximum range. Conclusions. The majority of commercial meals provided an energy dense meal with greater vegetable variety per meal to their home-cooked counterparts. Home-cooked recipes provided a cheaper meal option however the majority exceeded recommendations for energy and fats.
Carstairs , S A , Craig , L C A , Marais , D , Bora , O E & Kiezebrink , K 2016 , ' A comparison of pre-prepared commercial infant feeding meals with home-cooked recipes ' Archives of Disease in Childhood , vol. 101 , no. 11 , pp. 1037-1042 . DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-310098
Archives of Disease in Childhood
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