New expert consensus on healthy beverages in early childhood

Recommendations on healthy beverage consumption in early childhood (birth to age 5) were recently made available by an expert panel from leading health and nutrition organizations which included: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. 

In early childhood, beverages comprise a large portion of the diet and make a significant contribution to nutrient intakes.

Milk is an important source of several nutrients that young children need for proper growth and development such as: protein, calcium, vitamins A, D, and B12, potassium, phosphorus, riboflavin, and niacin. Whole milk may be introduced, starting at 12 months. 

While fortified plant-based beverages have added nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D, the amounts are inconsistent and vary by type and brand. Evidence suggests nutrients from plant-based beverages are not as bioavailable compared to milk.

From ages 2 to 5, milk and water are considered as the “go to beverages.” 

To view a copy of the report, visit: 
https://healthydrinkshealthykids.org/professionals/

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