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to be a bit annoyed the nursery were giving DD Fruit Shoots?

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LifeIsButtercream Fri 29-Jul-11 08:57:28

DD is 2, I went to pick her up from nursery a few days ago as her room were just finishing their dinner. They were all sitting around their little table sucking on (sugar-free) Fruit Shoots........

I KNOW I sound like a PFB food-nazi, but I just don't give those to DD, I have a nasty reaction to some sugar-substitutes and am avoiding them with DD incase she has the same, DD loves apple juice and drinks that (watered down) instead. I know this will sound PFB, but even if I wasn't concerned about this I still wouldn't give Fruit Shoots to DD as they are full of weird chemicals and there is no need for her to be having them at her age (goodness knows she will encounter enough of them when she gets older!)

I had put on her nursery notes that she was not to be given products that contain artificial sweeteners, because of the reaction I have to them. The nursery states that it serves home-made meals, and avoids additives etc, so why on earth were they serving Fruit Shoots? A staff member in DD's room said that they had them with every afternoon dinner.

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Mitmoo Fri 29-Jul-11 09:02:19

My concern here is not the Fruitshoot but that you had flagged up she possibly could have had a reaction yet gave it to her anyway.

What if she was allergic?

I'm not hung up on Fruitshoots, but I would be furious they'd risked my child's health. I'd also be relieved that she didn't have a reaction.

rainbowinthesky Fri 29-Jul-11 09:02:24

Seems odd that they give them out. They really are crap for you and I wouldnt hesitate saying no to them.

feckwit Fri 29-Jul-11 09:03:56

It is wrong of them if you have expressly asked they are avoided, what did they say when you reminded them of their request?

I personally don't avoid fruit shoots with my children. I don't buy them regularly but if we are out and they ask for one, I don't really see the harm. I'd rather a fruit shoot than coke which sends one of my children loopy.

I would opt for sugared ones over artificial sugar ones though.

Did your daughter react funny to it?

Whatmeworry Fri 29-Jul-11 09:05:59

What is it with MN's ers and Fruit Shoots? They are hardly devil's blood.

joric Fri 29-Jul-11 09:06:20

I may be really stupid but I need to know why some people do hate fruit shoots? (in absence of FS bottle to look at )

LynetteScavo Fri 29-Jul-11 09:06:52

I hate FS's, and would not be at all pleased in nursery gave one to my ever if I had specifically stated I didn't want her to have any artificial sweeteners I would be beyond angry.


Frootshoots are the work of the devil.

breatheslowly Fri 29-Jul-11 09:07:23

I checked with out nursery that they only serve milk and water as drinks. I would be pissed off to find that they fed DD anything else. Similarly as you have informed them not to feed her artifical sweeteners, you are rightly pissed off to find that they have given them to your DD.

LifeIsButtercream Fri 29-Jul-11 09:07:42

I mentioned that and they went a bit flustered and mumbled something about checking DD's notes etc. When DD gets older I wouldn't mind her drinking something like that (although not a sugar-free one) once in a while, but at 2 years I don't think it's necessary in her diet, especially when she is so fond of fruit juice and she gets excited about having a carton of un-diluted apple juice when we're out (how sad is that! lol)

LynetteScavo Fri 29-Jul-11 09:08:32

Do you know what, I would probably find another nursery than send my DC to one who gave them FS every day.

TattyDevine Fri 29-Jul-11 09:11:16

Most children will get excited about undiluted apple juice, its got 26g of sugars in every carton.

If you were avoiding them because of potential reaction and they've been having them every day without you even realising, I would imagine she's not reacting to them and you can now relax

Try it, its liberating.

TattyDevine Fri 29-Jul-11 09:11:54

That's 250ml (8oz) carton, by the way.

LifeIsButtercream Fri 29-Jul-11 09:11:57

Oh, and I'm not sure if she is reacting to them particularly, she is often high as a kite when she gets back from nursery but I'd been putting that down to her being hyped up from having fun there. The staff mentioned that she rarely drank much of it, which they found unusual as all the others drank it all and 'sometimes wouldn't drink anything else that day'.......... hmm

DogsBestFriend Fri 29-Jul-11 09:12:00

Clearly if DD has had them every afternoon she doesn't have your reactions to those ingredients!

I sometimes wonder if there's some sort of competitions amongst mothers these days to prove who's the most food/health concerned in the neighbourhood. Okay, it's crap, I wouldn't drink it, more refined taste and it's unlikely to be vegan, but FGS it's not liquid mercury! grin

In 30 years time, when I see ill/dying/whatever adults as a result of their drinking Fruit Shoots/having the occasional sweet/whatever I'll revise my opinions. Until then.... YABU.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 29-Jul-11 09:15:31

ROFL at fruit shoots being the work of the devil
It's just bloody squash, but already made up, for lazy parents like me to take to picnics.

PuppyMonkey Fri 29-Jul-11 09:15:37

Yep, Fruit Shoots are not poison - but surely it's easier to just give the kids water.

RitaMorgan Fri 29-Jul-11 09:16:25

If you've asked for her not to have artificial sweeteners and they gave it anyway/didn't read her notes properly I would be speaking to the manager. It also seems very expensive for the nursery to be doling out packaged drinks every day.

I'm very relaxed about food generally and wouldn't be bothered about the occasional fruit shoot, but every day seems excessive.


rainbowinthesky Fri 29-Jul-11 09:19:29

I have tried a fruit shoot and it was actually gross - incredibly sweet tasting.

LynetteScavo Fri 29-Jul-11 09:19:54

Very strong squash, possibly with a load of artificial sweeteners. (Depending on which type of FS)

Apple juice is high in sugar, but at least it's fruit sugar.

ZonkedOut Fri 29-Jul-11 09:20:15

I was told by a dietician who works for our Sure Start centre that the current advice is not to give artificial sweeteners to under 5s at all. Apparently they can affect the blood-brain barrier which doesn'nt sound good to me, though I'm not sure whether it causes specific problems. But, I'd rather my 2 year old had sugary drinks than artificially sweetened ones.

rainbowinthesky Fri 29-Jul-11 09:20:18

Sorry my last post sounds particularly twattish!

StrandedBear Fri 29-Jul-11 09:22:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

LynetteScavo Fri 29-Jul-11 09:23:32

rainbowinthesky, your post didn't sound twatish...they are like drinking Calpol.

LynetteScavo Fri 29-Jul-11 09:24:30

Yes I do, StrandedBear. Wouldn't give that stuff to a 2yo either! <boak>

LynetteScavo Fri 29-Jul-11 09:25:19

And don't get me started on lots of types of orange squash.

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