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).
Nutritional and Monetary Impact Analysis of Replacing Whole Milk and Fruit Juice in the Diets of Children in the United States
Potential Population-Level Nutritional Impact of Replacing Whole and Reduced-Fat Milk With Low-Fat and Skim Milk Among US Children Aged 2-19 Years
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
Potential Nutritional and Economic Effects of Replacing Juice with Fruit in the Diets of Children in the United States
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Stories of Success: A Qualitative Examination of Contributors to Excellence in School Drinking Water Access
Drinking water instead of beverages with added sugar can help prevent obesity and cavities and promote overall health. Children spend much of their day in school, where they have variable access to drinking water. In 2010, federal and state law required California public schools to provide free potable water to … More