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Hipp Growing Up Milk - Warning!

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Lumie Wed 31-Dec-08 14:51:33

Just so that other mother's don't make the same mistake I did Hipp Growing up Milk has glucose syrup as its fourth ingredient - an artificial sweetner. My DH and I noticed our 10 month old son go bananas - hyper and goofy -when we started using this formula milk. When I emailed Hipp to ask them for a refund they ignored that part of my email and instead suggested that toddlers needed more energy and which is why they add glucose syrup.....

Here is their response to me:

"Thank you for your e.mail concerning our HiPP Growing Up Milk.

The Hipp Organic Growing up Milk contains glucose syrup which is not a sugar but an oligosaccharide. Oligosaccharides are chains of sugar molecules joined together and they are much less sweet than sugars. They are used to increase the energy content of foods in an easily-digested form. Hipp Organic Growing Up Milk has a higher energy content than many standard milk formulas and this is intended to help meet the high energy needs of toddlers.

Hipp Organic Growing up Milk should be used as part of a mixed diet, alongside a wide variety of other foods including fruits and vegetables, cereals, protein foods and other dairy products, and the presence of 1.7% oligosaccharides in the prepared formula should not cause you any concerns.

We hope this has reassured you and that you will feel able to continue to use this product.

Kind regards

Jan Lambell
Customer Services Manager
HiPP UK Limited"

AnarchyAunt Wed 31-Dec-08 14:55:39

Glucose is sugar isn't it hmm

Its not 'artificial' exactly, just added.

lilLAURAfeelingontopform Wed 31-Dec-08 14:59:07

so they are now telling you that you dont give your ds enough fruit and veg basically.the cheek!!

AnarchyAunt Wed 31-Dec-08 14:59:52

Its total pap though, and these fancy milks are just a way for them to get round the advertising ban (and instil a sweet tooth in your DC it seems angry])

TheTwelveDAISYofChristmas Wed 31-Dec-08 15:01:56

he doesn't need it either.....cows milk(and/or breastmilk) and a balanced diet are all he needs after 12 months.

Lumie Wed 31-Dec-08 15:04:45

AnarchyAunt - I guess you are right since glucose syrup is the same as corn syrup

I guess what annoys me is that as part of my DS' regular diet he will eat fruit which has plenty of natural sugar/sweetness in it!


Lumie Wed 31-Dec-08 15:06:22

My DS is 10mos so was resisting cows milk even though I know he likes it! I went back to work at 6.5 mos so stopped bf then and started formula.

Lumie Wed 31-Dec-08 15:07:21

What is the governing body for advertising so that I can officially complain? Do you know?

lilLAURAfeelingontopform Wed 31-Dec-08 15:09:40

cows milk is fine after 12 months as a main drink i have never used follow ons - and they never did when we were kids. as long as his diet is balanced you dont need any xtra suppliments

AnarchyAunt Wed 31-Dec-08 15:11:17

Its the ASA.

But whats the complaint exactly? Did they advertise it as being something it isn't?

I agree its crap but the ASA isn't going to be able to do much if the problem isn't with the advertising specifically.

hazeyjane Wed 31-Dec-08 15:13:18

Don't most of the soy formula's have glucose syrup in as well? I think it is just another form of sugar, rather than an artificial sweetener.

That said, I kept dd's on First milks until they were a year and then switched to cow's milk, I don't think there is any need to switch to follow on/ growing up milks.

It has glucose syrup in the list of ingredients, so I'm not sure complaining would be much use.

wheresthehamster Wed 31-Dec-08 15:14:04

All modified cow's milk is going to contain a LOT of extra ingredients.

Completely unnecessary and a waste of money

Lumie Wed 31-Dec-08 15:14:14

My complaint is that formula milk for baby's (10months+) should not contain/add any kind of sweetner. So maybe not to the ASA but is there another body that would listen?

AnarchyAunt Wed 31-Dec-08 15:17:13

Its not formula though, its just dried milk with stuff added. The regulations are less strict as it is not designed to make up the major part of a child's diet, its a complementary drink.

lilLAURAfeelingontopform Wed 31-Dec-08 15:18:57

thing is though no matter who you complian to it is wriitten on ingrediants that the seetner is in there at his age your ds doesnt need to have it so it will be seen as your decision whether or not to give it to him - the same as you choose whether to eat fresh or froen or tinned veg you couldnt complain that tinned veg has salt in it cause you have a choice

Lumie Wed 31-Dec-08 15:19:26

Got it - makes sense, Caveat Emptor! Thanks for your help AnachyAunt

lilLAURAfeelingontopform Wed 31-Dec-08 15:20:19

oooooh dear apoloooh apologies for crappy typos

foxytocin Wed 31-Dec-08 15:30:18

my commonsense + A level chemistry tells me that glucose sugar is glucose (the simplest sugar there is) in a concentrated form, as opposed to, say, glucose powder, for example.

she's written you a pack of lies talking about oligosaccharides to try to dazzle you with bullshit. Glucose is a monosaccaride . end of.

or maybe she was brainwashed trained to think that glucose syrup is something that it is not.

NAB3lovelychildren Wed 31-Dec-08 15:31:47

I have always thought any kind of follow on milk was a bad idea.

foxytocin Wed 31-Dec-08 15:32:10

glucose sugar syrup

lilLAURAfeelingontopform Wed 31-Dec-08 15:41:35

foxy you should write a reply letter to them for Lumie that will stump the old^^bag lady who wrote to her with all that rubbish

lilLAURAfeelingontopform Wed 31-Dec-08 15:42:13

foxy you should write a reply letter to them for Lumie that will stump the oldbag lady who wrote to her with all that rubbish

foxytocin Wed 31-Dec-08 15:50:53

feel free to use any part of my previous post, including the insult.

katpink Thu 01-Jan-09 22:07:13

my nepthew and friends DD are both given this follow milk and both have really wired poos.
all pappy and like paste they both have healthy mixed diets. i think it's the milk as my DD eat the same food but no follow on milk and has no probs.
i think they seem like a bad idea.
sorry to go on what drives my DD into hype frenzy is calpol iburprofen have you seen how many E numbers it's got,+ sugar, my DD went from to ill to move to lunatic in about ten minutes.

moondog Thu 01-Jan-09 22:09:31

Although all 'growing up milk' is crap, there is no reason or law that prevents them from putting sugar in it.
If you don't want your kid to have it, don't buy it. hmm

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