U.S. unveils first dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers
For the first time, the highly influential dietary guidelines from the federal government feature recommendations for babies and toddlers
Why it matters: "The dietary guidelines, which are updated every five years ... shape school lunch programs, mold state and local health-promotion efforts, and influence what food companies produce," the Wall Street Journal notes.
The big picture: Babies should be fed exclusively breast milk for their first six months and receive a supplement of vitamin D.
- Children under two should avoid added sugars and high levels of sodium at all costs.
- No cake, ice cream candy, or chips should be given before their second birthday.
Between the lines: The latest guidelines declined to follow recommendations for cuts on sugar and alcohol intake, the Journal notes.
- The advisory committee of researchers and doctors recommended cutting added sugars from 10% to 6% of daily calories. That was rejected.
- They also advised lowering the recommendation for alcoholic drinks for men from 2 to 1 per day. That was rejected.
The other side: “[T}he new evidence is not substantial enough to support changes to quantitative recommendations for either added sugars or alcohol,” USDA deputy undersecretary Brandon Lipps said.