National WIC Association

Food consumption patterns of young preschoolers: are they starting off on the right path?

Fox MK, et al. Food consumption patterns of young preschoolers: are they starting off on the right path? J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:S52-S59.

The purpose of this analysis was to study the food consumption pattern of preschoolers ages 2 and 3 in the US. The study found that 33% consumed whole milk at least once per day. In addition, 70% consumed vegetables at least once per day, with french fries and other fried potatoes as the most consumed vegetable. A total of 73% consumed fruits at least once per day. Furthermore, 85% consumed a sweetened beverage, dessert, sweet snack, or salty snack at least once per day.

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