Meeting Children’s Nutritional Needs, from Foods to Supplements
The last session of the series began with a presentation by Erin Quann, PhD, RD who is the Head of Medical Affairs at Nestlé Nutrition/Gerber and Professor in Residence, University of Connecticut. Erin’s presentation will be about Feeding Our Youngest Generation – Opportunities to Improve Nutrition From the Start. Did you know dietary patterns are fairly set by the age of two? Helping young children achieve healthy eating habits can provide an important foundation to support their lifelong health.
- Nestle’s Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) will be shared to uncover where little ones are hitting the mark
- Where we have an opportunity as food and healthcare professionals to improve food and nutrient intakes among this important sector of our population.
This was followed by, Elizabeth Crawford, Deputy Editor of FoodNavigator-USA along with the expert panel will tap in to what key nutrients do kids need, when, from the first 1,000 days (conception to two years) to early childhood and the teen years? Should kids take supplements? If so, when, and what are the nutritional gaps parents should be thinking about? Are children consuming too much sugar, and how can parents and food companies encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and other healthy foods?
- Dr. Jennifer Harris , Senior Research Advisor, Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity
- Dr. Shelley Balanko , Senior Vice President, The Hartman Group
- Dr. Sonia Hartunian-Sowa, PhD, Director of Nutrition, Science & Advocacy, DSM
- Eric Ciappio, PhD, RD , Technical Sales Manage, IFF Health
- Erin Quann, PhD, RD Head of Medical Affairs, Nestlé/ Gerber & Professor in Residence, University of Connecticut
- Julie Thibeau , Sales Manager, IFF Health
- Natasha Bonhomme , Chief Strategy Officer, Genetic Alliance
To wrap this session, Eric Ciappio , PhD, RD, Technical Sales Manager, IFF Health explored how Using unique ingredients and sensory trends could improve children’s nutrition. Meeting the nutritional needs of children is essential for helping kids grow into healthy adults. Shifting health trends and emerging science have identified additional ingredients THAT may be highly important for children’s health, yet children are not consuming enough of the essentials, including fruits, vegetables, and micronutrients such as iron. While incorporating nutrients in new products can help, market trends show a preference for great tasting functional foods and non-pill formats for dietary supplements, indicating the desire for an enhanced consumer experience. New technologies are available to help product developers incorporate dietary components into children’s products with minimal taste impact to help improve the health of American children.
- Emerging science has identified several nutritional ingredients which may be highly important for children’s health.
- The diets of American children are often lacking key nutritional components such as fruits, vegetables and iron.
- Dietary intakes are strongly influenced by sensory properties of foods, including taste and delivery format.
This interactive session included polling questions and live Q&A.
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