March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.
You may have noticed that infant food labels look different from adult food labels. While infant food labels also use the Nutrition Facts format, the information provided is different.
Total fat content on the food label will show the amount of total fat in a serving of the food. Infant food labels will not list calories from fat, saturated fat or cholesterol. Since babies under two years need fat, the infant food label does not include the fat details. Parents should not attempt to limit their infant's fat intake.
Serving sizes for infant foods are based on average amounts that infants under two years usually eat at one time. Serving sizes on adult food labels are based on average amounts that adults typically eat at one time.
Food labels for infants and children under four years of age list Daily Value percentages for protein, vitamins and minerals. Unlike adult food labels, daily values for fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbohydrate and fiber are not listed because they have not been set for children under four.