Could there really be added sugars in my toddler’s milk?

Are all toddler milks the same? Here’s how to identify added sugars and help you make informed choices for your little one.

With Anmum™ PediaPro3, you can be sure that your child is getting many important nutrients, including 16 essential vitamins and minerals, probiotics and prebiotics, without any added sugars**.

What are added sugars?

In foods and drinks you may find two types of sugars:

Naturally-occurring sugars

Foods which contain only naturally occurring sugars are considered to be beneficial in our diet. These foods contain relatively low levels of natural sugars while contributing substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals, and are found in a wide range of foods, including fruits, vegetables, grains and plain milk.2

Added sugars

Added sugars are types of sugars and syrups added to foods and drinks by a manufacturer, cook or consumer as well as sugars found in honey, syrups and fruit juices.1 While sugar is occasionally added for a technical function, and a small amount can help to keep healthy foods palatable, most added sugar simply adds empty kilojoules (calories) and no other useful nutrients. When consumed in excess, added sugar can be a health concern.


Lactose is a type of natural sugar that naturally occurs in milk and dairy products. But if you find lactose listed in the ingredients list, it means it has been added into the product.

** Food Standards Code Australia New Zealand. Standard 1.1.2; “Sugars” include: Monosaccharides, Disaccharides, Dextrose, Fructose, Sucrose, Lactose, Starch Hydrolysate, Glucose Syrups, Maltodextrin, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Icing Sugar, Invert Sugar and Fruit Sugar Syrup.

1. World Health Organization, 2015. Guideline: Sugars Intake for Adults and Children. Geneva.
2. Ministry of Health, 2015. Eating and Activity Guidelines for New Zealand Adults. Wellington.

Identifying added sugars

The best way to identify added sugars, is by looking at the ingredients section of the product label. If any of the below ingredients are listed, then it means that sugars have been added to the product.

Sweet facts

1How much is too much?

2Common sources of added sugars may include

3What’s wrong with excessive added sugars

Tips to reduce added sugars intake

1Smarter shopping choices

2Fruity substitutes

3The quarter rule

4Be a role model

5Teach the importance of treats

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