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Dr. Nicole Avena, nutrition expert and author of 'What to Eat When Youre Pregnant and What to Feed Your Baby and Toddler discusses some of the highlights to the updated USDA Dietary Guidelines. One of the big changes you can expect to see in 2021 is that it will be recommended to consume even less added sugar that what is already suggested.
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Another update we will be seeing with the new dietary guidelines is a greater emphasis on early life nutrition. The first 1000 days are crucial in a child's life, and poor nutrition during this period could have lasting effects, especially if your little one isn't getting enough vitamins and nutrients like iron and DHA for brain development, and vitamin D for bone growth. In fact, studies found that children who were iron insufficient during their first year exhibited cognitive and socioemotional developmental impairments by age of 5.
Additionally, 76% of U.S. toddlers have an inadequate intake of Vitamin D, and the transition from infant formula or breast milk to cow's milk can lead to an 80% drop in DHA consumption. So one thing you can do for toddlers age 1-to-3 is close the nutritional gap with something like Enfagrow. It's a toddler nutritional drink that provides brain-building DHA, iron, vitamins, and prebiotics. In fact, Enfagrow supports growth with as much iron as over 2 gallons of milk.
Dr. Avena suggests that one of the best ways to ensure good nutrition is to have wholesome family meals that family members of all ages can enjoy. People often shy away from fish, like salmon, but it can be very nutritious for the whole family. Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fats, which are essential for the whole family. Farmed salmon, which is higher in omega-3s than other varieties of salmon, is a nutritious, affordable and available year-round in grocery stores. In particular farmed salmon from Chile is responsibly raised, consistent in quality and nutrients and does not contain antibiotics, mercury or trace chemicals. Plus, farmed salmon is the most sustainable source of animal protein in the world.
Lastly, if you can't get all of the nutrition that you need from eating a variety of foods, you may want to consider a supplement. Frunutta makes sublingual vitamins that dissolve right under your tongue and are easy to take. They contain no fillers or additives, and are just pure and clean vitamins.