Usual nutrient intakes from the diets of US children by WIC participation and income: findings from the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) 2016.

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A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) identified the following nutrients of need to prevent disease and promote health in US infants and young children.

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A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) identified the following nutrients of need to prevent disease and promote health in US infants and young children: iron and zine for older breastfed infants; iron, fiber and potassium for toddlers; and calcium, iron, vitamin D, fiber and potassium for 2-4 year olds. The US FITS 2016 shows that children who participated in the USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) had better intakes of iron (6-23.9 months), zinc and potassium (6-11.9 months), saturated fat (24-47.9 months) and vitamin D (all ages).

Jun S, Catellier DJ, Eldridge AL, Dwyer JT, Eicher-Miller HA, Bailey RL. Usual nutrient intakes from the diets of US children by WIC participation and income: findings from the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) 2016. J Nutr. 2018; 148:1567S–1574S. Doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxy059

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