Top selling baby foods lack vital nutrients essential for growth and protection against illness, researchers have warned.
They have found that many of the most popular brands contain less than a fifth of the recommended daily supply of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and other crucial minerals.
Experts warn that babies fed solely on the store-bought jars and formula milk are being deprived of these nutrients which are crucial for growth, development and to protect against illness when they grow up.
The global baby food market is estimated to be worth more than £6 billion and around four in five British parents buy pureed meals or formula milk.
But experts say leading manufacturers such as Heinz and Cow and Gate do not face as tough regulations as the makers of adult foods.
Researchers from the University of Greenwich analysed the nutritional content of eight popular baby foods given to children aged six to 12 months.