Nutritional and Monetary Impact Analysis of Replacing Whole Milk and Fruit Juice in the Diets of Children in the United States
Dietary guidance and nutrition policies have moved toward recommending whole fruit over juice and low- or non-fat milk over whole milk and flavored milk. However, little is known about the potential for these changes to reduce total energy intake in the diets of children. This project explored and quantified the nutritional impact, in terms of both nutrient intake and energy intake, of substituting whole fruit for fruit juice and low-fat and non-fat milk for whole milk by children. Additionally, a monetary analysis provided estimates on the likely added cost or cost savings that would be associated with such dietary changes. The analyses were based on children with a valid 24-hour recall for all children ages 3-18 in the 2001-2002 and 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) releases. Dietary intakes of energy and nutrients were derived for individual children based on data from the Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies (FNDDS). The costs of children’s diets were derived from the food prices from a database released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Diet composition and cost were then characterized for several survey-weighted race and socioeconomic strata (family income to poverty ratio).
This study aimed to evaluate the population-level impact of substituting low-fat and skim milk for whole, reduced-fat, and flavored milk (milk eligible for replacement [MER]) on energy, macronutrient and nutrient intakes, and diet cost. Analyses were based on data from 8,112 children and adolescents (ages 2-19) who completed a 24-hour … More
One hundred percent fruit juice makes up a substantial part of the total fruit intakes of children and is a major contributor to their total nutrient intake. However, fruit juices have energy densities similar to sugar-sweetened beverages and might contribute to excess energy intake, obesity, and weight gain. This paper … More
U.S. states have introduced bills requiring sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) to display health warning labels. This study examined how warning labels influence parents and which labels are most effective. Over 2,000 demographically and educationally diverse parents of children ages 6 to 11 participated in an online survey. Parents were randomized to … More