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Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS)

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Feeding Infants & Toddlers Study

The Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) is the largest and most comprehensive dietary intake study focused on infants, toddlers and preschoolers in the U.S. Started in 2002 by Gerber and now conducted by the Nestlé Research Center in Lausanne, Switzerland, FITS has surveyed nearly 10,000 parents and caregivers over three…

FITS Importance of Iron

Gerber Nutrition at ASN 2023

This July, Gerber participated in the American Society for Nutrition Conference which explored developments in clinical and translational nutrition, food science and systems, diet and disease, basic science, and global health and brought together clinicians, policy experts, and the media to network and learn.

FITS Dietary Guidelines Importance of Iron

Infant Cereal is a Top Food Source of Key Nutrients

At the American Society for Nutrition Conference, Gerber presented their poster for a study determining the top food sources for iron, calcium, folic acid, and vitamin C in infants ages 6 to 11.9 months old. Complementary food sources consisted of infant cereals (iron, folic acid, and calcium), 100% juice and fortified fruit purees…

FITS Importance of Iron

Infant Eating Occasion Frequency

At the American Society for Nutrition Conference, Gerber presented their poster for a study on infant and young child eating patterns. Using data from FITS, they concluded infants and young children have more frequent meals and snacks when compared to older children and adults.

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Low Zinc Intake Among Breastfed Infants

At the American Society for Nutrition Conference, Gerber presented their poster for a study determining infant zinc absorption. Using data from FITS, they concluded that breastfed and mixed-fed infants are at risk for inadequate zinc intake. Guidance for complementary foods containing zinc for infants receiving any breast milk may be…

FITS Breastfeeding Support Dietary Guidelines

Rice Intake Among Infants 6-11.9 months

The FDA Closer to Zero Action Plan aims to reduce toxic element exposure in foods for infants and young children, with a focus on inorganic arsenic in rice. The study found that older infants consume rice from a variety of foods, and to minimize inorganic arsenic exposure infants should be offered foods made from a variety of grains.

FITS Quality & Safety Heavy Metals

Fruit & Vegetable Exposure for babies

This study examined baby food pouch usage and its influence on fruit and vegetable consumption among infants (6-11.9 months). About 32% of infants used pouches, but daily usage was infrequent. Pouch users consumed fruits and vegetables as often as non-users, indicating that pouches don't limit exposure to other produce forms. The study…

Incorporating Cereals & Purees FITS