Despite efforts in recent years to improve healthy beverage intake among young children, many kids still do not consume enough healthy drinks to support their nutritional needs and development, according to a report issued by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program. The program convened a panel of experts from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the AAP, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Heart Association to offer recommendations to encourage the consumption of healthy drinks in children up to age 5 years.
Among the recommendations, the panel cautioned against giving kids flavored milks — like chocolate or strawberry — sugar-sweetened and low-calorie sweetened beverages, caffeinated beverages and plant-based, nondairy milks like almond, rice or oat.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.
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