Is Eating Jelly Safe for Babies?

The major components used to make jelly and fruit jelly include thickeners including sodium alginate, carrageenan, gelatin, and carob gum, along with trace quantities of artificial flavors, sweeteners, acidulants, colorings, and other processed and prepared materials.

Although these chemicals originate from land plants and seaweed, much of their original vitamins, minerals, and other nutritious components are lost during the extraction and manufacturing procedures using methods like acidification, alkalization, and bleaching.

Because of this, jelly lacks the range of vitamins, trace minerals, and other nutrients that may be found in fresh fruits. Jelly contains dietary fiber, including ingredients such sodium alginate, carrageenan, and gelatin, all of which are difficult to digest and absorb. Additionally, sweeteners such sodium cyclamate and saccharin are included in jelly. Overconsumption of these compounds may directly harm the body, particularly if too much sodium cyclamate is consumed, which can cause severe bleeding and platelet decrease.

Jelly contains artificial flavors, sweeteners, acidulants, and colorings that have no nutritional value for the body and, when drunk often, may have negative effects on the stomach, intestines, and endocrine system.

In addition, there have been stories of newborns choking to death after ingesting jelly.

In order to prevent reduced hunger, intestinal issues, and hormonal imbalances that might harm newborns' healthy growth and development, it is not advised to constantly offer them jelly.

This post was recently updated on Aug 24, 2023