Parent kitty

Institute of Mother and Child - recommendation from a hat?


A recommendation is a recommendation for something or someone, release positive feedback. When recommendations are issued by a well-known institution that lives on the taxpayer's money, you can theoretically count on its independence and impartiality. The word "theoretically" is not used accidentally. It is practically different, not to write that often wrong.

A consumer flooded by thousands of products has the right to count on the fact that the logo of a well-known and respected institution placed on the product is there with important reasons, after thoroughly reading the specificity of the goods. That is why the recommendations issued by the Mother and Child Institute are even more surprising. These logos can be found in surprising places ...

Worthless recommendations?

The Institute of Mother and Child deals with opinions on the quality of products for children, pregnant women and nursing mothers since the beginning of its existence, that is for over 50 years. Currently around 200 products have the right to place the institute's logo on the packaging together with information about the positive opinion of the institute awarded.

When visiting the website of the Institute of Mother and Child, we can read:

The Institute has enjoyed a well-established and credible position in the country and internationally for years. Actions taken by the Institute of Mother and Child serve the Polish population, families planning and waiting for children, raising them, as well as children and young people themselves.

Let's follow the recommendations issued by the Institute of Mother and Child. I intentionally present here the most controversial:

  • Morlinki ham with turkey - contains a preservative, sodium nitrite, potentially carcinogenic. Daily intake of this ingredient should not be higher than 0.06 mg per kg body weight. Excess can cause hyperactivity.
  • Biscuits Lu - they contain glucose-fructose syrup.
  • Danonki - they contain sugar, glucose-fructose syrup, modified starch, which should be present in the child's diet in a very limited amount.
  • Petitki Lubisie - second on the list of ingredients: sugar, followed by glucose-fructose syrup and phosphates (disodium diphosphate). According to specialists, excess diphosphate can damage the kidneys. Phosphates, which have an affinity for calcium, can bind to it and affect bone density and increase the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Morlinki frankfurters with turkey. In 2009, it turned out that Morlinki were too fat and poor in protein, and Warsaw's sanitary department ordered to withdraw them from kindergartens, just like other sausage brands. In addition, these sausages have only 64% meat (for comparison, Sokoliki from Sokołów have 87% meat).
  • Womar baby carrier - enabling carrying a child in front with their backs to parents, according to the manufacturer, it is suitable for children from three months of age, but it is difficult to agree with this.
  • Żywiec Zdrój Water - it is spring water, which pregnant women drank some time ago and right after delivery. Exposed to the loss of valuable minerals, instead of supplying them with water, favored their leaching. Mineral water would be better for pregnancy and puerperium. There is also another problem reported by Przekrój in 2006: "At the request of a consumer monthly, German analysts examined the Żywiec Zdrój water. The Mother and Child Institute recommends this product in feeding the youngest. The tests were carried out twice, with an annual interval. In both cases, it turned out that there were more bacteria in Żywiec Zdrój water than in the tap water. " The same article describes the story of Anieszka Dunal, who is concerned about how the floor has become discolored after breaking a jar of a children's meal on it, she learned that "the producer is responsible for the quality of the product and its actual composition. That is, scientists did not study at all what is in the dessert on which they signed. I was enlightened that thanks to vitamin C children in Poland do not have scurvy. "

Baby carrier and IMiD positive opinion

On the institute's website

"Rational nutrition, safe nursing and fun significantly affect the child's quality of life, which confirms our belief that the procedure conducted at the Institute of Mother and Child is right.
Products that successfully pass the verification process and meet the required criteria without reservation appear on the market supported by the image and authority of the Institute. The signs placed on the packaging of the rated products are protected by a logo and the text "The product has a positive opinion of the Institute of Mother and Child". Thanks to this, parents can confidently choose products for their children that are safe and recommended in their nutrition and care. "

However, are all of the above products safe, allow for rational nutrition and are you sure they can be recommended without remorse?

I dare to doubt.

Certainly, among the articles recommended by the Institute there are also those worth recommending. However, the long list of accidentally issued positive reviews (or well paid reviews) disqualifies the value of the Institute's logo.

When I see the logo of the institute on the product, I read the composition even more carefully and you?