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Comment & Response
February 2017

The Women, Infants, and Children Food Package and 100% Fruit Juice

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, Children's Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(2):197-198. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.4116

To the Editor For those of us who are professionally concerned with infant and childhood nutrition, the nutritional support of our most vulnerable infants, children, and their families is a very high priority. Therefore, it is most important to continue to examine and improve the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Food Package. In that regard, Nagata et al1 have suggested that there is strong evidence to support their Viewpoint that 100% fruit juice is significantly associated with dental caries and overweight in children and should be replaced by whole fruits in the WIC food package.1 However, extensive evidence within the last 2 years not presented in their statement does not support their recommendation and, in contrast, suggests that 100% fruit juice can in fact be a healthy component of a child’s diet and the WIC Food Package.