Experts Pioneer Beverage Guidelines For Young Children

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Experts Pioneer Beverage Guidelines For Young Children
Experts Pioneer Beverage Guidelines For Young Children

Experts Pioneer Beverage Guidelines for Young Children

For the first time, leading medical and nutritional organizations in the United States have developed a set of comprehensive evidence-based drink recommendations for healthy children from birth to 5 years of age.

Experts Pioneer Beverage Guidelines for Young Children
Experts Pioneer Beverage Guidelines for Young Children

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In an unprecedented collaboration between experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Heart Association, guidance has been developed for young children (birth to 5 years) under the leadership of the leading nutritional research organization Healthy Eating Research. …

“Early childhood is an important time for developing eating habits and promoting healthy drinking,” said Megan Lott, deputy head of Healthy Eating Research, who convened the panel of experts.

To develop evidence-based recommendations, an extensive review of the scientific literature, existing guidelines from national and international organizations, and reports on early childhood beverage consumption was conducted. Recommendations apply only to healthy children.

“From the time babies are born, during the first few years, beverages are an important source of calories and nutrients and have a big impact on future health. Families need to have clear and consistent guidance on what their little ones should drink and what to avoid,”said Richard Besser, President and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

So, the selection of recommended drinks is as follows:

0-6 months: Breast milk or formula only.

  • 6-12 months: In addition to breast milk / formula, a small amount of drinking water after the introduction of solid food, a few sips with meals are sufficient. It's best not to drink juice - it has no nutritional benefits over whole fruit.
  • 12-24 months: whole milk, regular drinking water, a small amount of 100% fruit juice without added sugar (but small pieces of real fruit are preferred).
  • 2-5 years: skim milk, water (0.7-0.9 liters per day), a small amount of one hundred percent fruit juice.

Beverages that contain added sugars such as flavored milk, sugar-sweetened and low-calorie sweetened beverages, caffeinated beverages, and plant / non-dairy milk (almond, rice, oat) should be avoided in young children. All of these foods have no unique nutritional value.

Studies show that what children drink from birth to 5 years old significantly affects their health, both now and in the future.

“From a healthy eating standpoint, a child's drinking can be almost as important as eating. This is especially true for very young children. We know that children's taste preferences are formed at the age of 9 months, and these preferences can persist through childhood and into adulthood. This is why it is important to guide them on a healthy course,”explained Natalie Muth, the American Academy of Pediatrics spokesperson for the panel of experts.

“These consensus guidelines provide a solid foundation for nutritionists and physicians, help educate children and parents, and create examples of beneficial food samples for optimal physical and cognitive growth and development along with overall health,” added Terri J. Raymond. Raymond), President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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