Gerber Nutrition at ASN 2023

ASN 2023 conference logo with FITS, Gerber, and Nestle logos

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.

Gerber presented three posters on July 23rd & 24th leveraging the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS):

Low Zinc Intake Among Breastfed Infants

Infant Cereal is a Top Food Source of Key Nutrients

Eating Occasion Frequency for Infants & Young Children

More about the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS)

Our groundbreaking US FITS research program aims to better understand the diets and nutrient intakes of young children.

Other key findings from 2016 FITS include:

  • Nearly 20% of infants 6-12 months of age do not meet recommendations for dietary iron intakes.
  • Toddlers (12-24 months) need about 75% of their grains to be whole grains to meet fiber recommendations.
  • Without infant cereal in the diet, many breastfed babies do not get enough iron (96%) and zinc (61%) – essential nutrients for brain and immune system development.
  • About 25% of young children's daily calories come from snacking occasions, making snack time an important opportunity to offer nutritious foods.

Read more about the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS)