Take the case of Similac Organic baby formula. Similac Organic is far sweeter than other formulas, because it is the only major brand of organic formula that is sweetened with cane sugar. Cane sugar, or sucrose, is significantly sweeter than sugars used in other formulas.
Similac Organic is so sweet, in fact, it may have babies crying for more. Therein, lies the problem. While no health issues have been associated with the formula, sucrose can damage tooth enamel more quickly than other sugars. Once babies get accustomed to the sweeter taste, they might resist less-sweet formulas or solid foods. Some studies indicate the sweetness might lead to overeating and rapid weight gain in the first year. This is often a precursor to childhood obesity.
The 27 countries of the European Union will ban sucrose-sweetened formulas by the end of 2009, except for babies with severe allergies. So, read those labels! Maybe “organic” doesn’t always mean “healthier.”