Nutrition labeling

Dear Sue,

The nutrition information on the labels of the junior foods is somewhat confusing. They list the nutritional information for "infants" and for "under 4 years". What category would my 14 month old be in?

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Sue Gilbert

Sue Gilbert works as a consulting nutritionist. For many years she worked with Earth's Best Organic Baby Food, integrating nutrition and... Read more

Dear Janie,

For the purposes of nutrition labeling, the FDA has defined an infant to be less than one year old. Therefore, according to their definition, your 14 month old would come under the category of "under 4 years". However, nutritional needs do not change overnight, but rather run on a continuum. The label declarations are for purposes of convenience, taking into account the age of the child most apt to be eating a particular food. Because many children over twelve months will be eating the junior foods, we are required to add the additional nutritional information, even though few, if any 2, 3, or 4 year olds will be eating it. A fourteen month old baby is more closely related to an "infant" nutritionally than she is to an averaging of the 1 year old -3.9 year old.

Thanks for writing.

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