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Posted by: Angela | 2012/04/11

Milo vs Lite hot chocolate

Hi Diet Doc,

Which is better in terms of KJ''s and fat content, 3 tsp Milo or 3 tsp of cadbury''s lite hot chocolate? If the Kj''s are similar would Milo cause more of a blood sugar spike because it is higher in sugar compared to the lite hot chocolate?

Are artificial sweetners safe for baby? I am pregnant and as winter approaches will look for hot comforting drinks but want to avoid the weight gain.

Thanks!!

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Dear Angela
Congratulations on your pregnancy. Unfortunately the SA Food Tables only list the energy content of standard Milo powder (1730 kJ/100g, thus 260 kJ per 15 g or 2 teaspoons). Compare this energy content to the energy listed on your container of Lite hot chocolate per 100g and then calculate the energy content per 15 g (15/100 x energy content of 100g). According to the SA Glycemic Index & Load Guide, milo powder has an intermediate GI, but when added to low-fat milk, it has a low GI because of the milk. The same will apply to any other flavouring powder added to milk. I think that while you are pregnant and breastfeeding that you should avoid artificial sweeteners just to be as safe as possible. Because of the small body size of a baby compared to an adult, a baby will ingest the so-called Acceptable Daily Intake for a given sweetener so much faster than an adult.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2012/04/11

Dear Angela
Congratulations on your pregnancy. Unfortunately the SA Food Tables only list the energy content of standard Milo powder (1730 kJ/100g, thus 260 kJ per 15 g or 2 teaspoons). Compare this energy content to the energy listed on your container of Lite hot chocolate per 100g and then calculate the energy content per 15 g (15/100 x energy content of 100g). According to the SA Glycemic Index & Load Guide, milo powder has an intermediate GI, but when added to low-fat milk, it has a low GI because of the milk. The same will apply to any other flavouring powder added to milk. I think that while you are pregnant and breastfeeding that you should avoid artificial sweeteners just to be as safe as possible. Because of the small body size of a baby compared to an adult, a baby will ingest the so-called Acceptable Daily Intake for a given sweetener so much faster than an adult.
Best regards
DietDoc

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