The other day, I was at Jusco supermarket to buy Anmum Essential milk powders for my girls when a Mamil promoter approached me.
“Kak, nak beli susu anak?”.
“Anak akak berapa tahun?”, she asked some more.
“Setahun lebih dengan 3 tahun”. Please go away, I said silently.
I went to the Anmum section, trying to ignore her. God, I hate being followed by promoters.
“Akak tak nak try Mamil Gold? Elok untuk digestion”.
“Tak apa, dah pernah beli dulu. Manis la”.
I picked up 2 tins of Anmum Essential and put them in my shopping cart, hoping that she would leave me alone by now but she was still following me.
“Yang akak try tu lama punya, yang ni dah baru. No sucrose”.
“It’s ok. Yang ni no added sugars langsung”, I said while pointing at Anmum Essential.
She didn’t give up. Pffft. And so I spent the next few minutes trying to point out to her that sucrose is just ONE type of added sugars and that Mamil contains glucose syrup solids which is also a form of added sugar. I don’t know if she understood what I was telling her but she didn’t manage to convince me into buying the milk that she was promoting. Haa!
Oh, I wasn’t lying when I told the promoter that my daughter dah pernah try Mamil Gold milk. I had given Ayra a few other brands of milk for the past 2 years including Enfagrow, Dumex, Dutch Lady, Mamil and Pediasure before settling for Anmum Essential last year.
Mamil Gold is not the only brand with the “No sucrose” claim, by the way. Many other brands are also making claims:
S26 Gold – claims no sucrose, but it contains a lot of maltodextrin which is a type of added sugar
Enfagrow/Enfakid – contains a lot of corn syrup solids which is obviously added sugar
Dutch Lady – claims reduced sugar but it contains a high amount of glucose syrup solid (added sugar)
Nan – claims no sucrose, but contains a lot of corn syrup solids
Snow – claims no added sugars, but it contains a lot of dextrin, which is a form of added sugar
See how these brands are misleading consumers (especially parents) by focusing only on a single type of added sugar? There are a lot of other types of added sugars – glucose syrup solids, corn syrup solids, dextrin, maltodextrin, etc.
Imagine if a parent (who is concerned about the amount of sugar in his/her child’s diet) went to a supermarket to buy growing up milk powder for the first time and saw all these brands with so many claims. Mesti pening nak pilih yang mana satu!
Recently, an independent study by the University of Sydney has been published in HealthToday magazine that looked at the GL of different milk powders with different added sugars levels available in Malaysia. They found out that many growing up milk powders in Malaysia have too much added sugars!
GL is the measure of changes to the sugar level in a child’s bloodstream after drinking a glass of growing up milk. A high GL means a lot of sugars added which causes a blood sugar spike. A low GL means no or low added sugars, which is obviously healthier.
Ketahuilah para ibu bapa, that at the moment there is only one growing up milk powder that has a low GL that is similar to natural whole milk.
EG: Enfagrow, EK: Enfakid, S: S26, NR: Nutrilon Royal, DL: Dutch Lady, MG: Mamil Gold
Only one milk powder has a low GL of 2.6 which is very similar to natural regular milk because it contains absolutely no added sugars. And yes, it tastes great – just like whole milk!
*GUMP = growing up milk powder