The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and giving no added sugar to children younger than 2.
The government released the guidelines Tuesday. Much of the advice sounds familiar: Load your plate with fruits and vegetables. Cut back on sweets, saturated fats and sodium.
That means parents now have an extra reason to say no to candy, cake and ice cream for children before their second birthday. The first U.S. government dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers, released Tuesday, also recommend feeding only breast milk for at least six months and no added sugar for children under age 2.
“It’s never too early to start,” Barbara Schneeman, a nutritionist at University of California, Davis, told CNBC.com. “You have to make every bite count in those early years.”
A scientific committee in July said men should limit alcohol to one drink each day. But the government stopped short of that, sticking with prior guidance of two drinks per day for men. Women are told to limit daily alcohol to one drink.