Recommendations for Healthy Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood


Healthy beverage intake is critical in early childhood as beverages can make a significant contribution to dietary intake during this period and serve as important sources of essential nutrients. However, many beverages also contain added sugars and saturated fats, which can be harmful when consumed in excess. Overconsumption of unhealthy beverages in early childhood can contribute to risk of diet-related chronic diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, or dental caries.

Healthy Eating Research (HER), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), convened an expert panel representing 4 key national health and nutrition organizations to develop comprehensive recommendations for beverage consumption consistent with a healthy diet for children from birth to age 5.

Access the research to for key panel findings and recommendations on beverage consumption for youth.