Plant-based beverage intake in the US increased 61% from 2012 to 20171 owing to interest in vegetarian and vegan diets and plant-based options, environmental and ethical concerns, perceived health benefits, cow’s milk allergy and intolerance, and taste preferences.2 In 2016, 5% of children aged 2 to 4 years enrolled in the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study, one of the largest dietary intake studies in the US, consumed plant-based milk on the day of the survey, an increase from past years.1 However, little is known about patterns of plant-based beverage intake among children aged 12 to 24 months, for which a nutrient-dense diet is particularly important for optimal growth and development.
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Bodnar LM, Jimenez EY, Baker SS. Plant-Based Beverages in the Diets of Infants and Young Children. JAMA Pediatr. Published online February 22, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.5840
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