Composition of Follow-Up Formula for Young Children Aged 12-36 Months: Recommendations of an International Expert Group Coordinated by the Nutrition Association of Thailand and the Early Nutrition Academy

Umaporn Suthutvoravut, Philip Olayele Abiodun, Sirinuch Chomtho, Nalinee Chongviriyaphan, Sylvia Cruchet, Peter S. W. Davies, George J. Fuchs, Sarath Gopalan, Johannes B. van Goudoever, Etienne de la Rey Nel, Ann Scheimann, Jose Vicente Spolidoro, Kraisid Tontisirin, Weiping Wang, Pattanee Winichagoon, Berthold Koletzko

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Background: There are no internationally agreed recommendations on compositional requirements of follow-up formula for young children (FUF-YC) aged 1-3 years. Aim: The aim of the study is to propose international compositional recommendations for FUF-YC. Methods: Compositional recommendations for FUF-YC were devised by expert consensus based on a detailed literature review of nutrient intakes and unmet needs in children aged 12-36 months. Results and Conclusions: Problematic nutrients with often inadequate intakes are the vitamins A, D, B12, C and folate, calcium, iron, iodine and zinc. If used, FUF-YC should be fed along with an age-appropriate mixed diet, usually contributing 1-2 cups (200-400 ml) of FUF-YC daily (approximately 15% of total energy intake). Protein from cow's milk-based formula should provide 1.6-2.7 g/100 kcal. Fat content should be 4.4-6.0 g/100 kcal. Carbohydrate should contribute 9-14 g/100 kcal with >50% from lactose. If other sugars are added, they should not exceed 10% of total carbohydrates. Calcium should provide 200 mg/100 kcal. Other nnicronutrient contents/100 kcal should reach 15% of the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization recommended nutrient intake values. A guidance upper level that was 3-5 times of the minimum level was established. Countries may adapt compositional requirements, considering recommended nutrient intakes, habitual diets, nutritional status and existence of micronutrient programs to ensure adequacy while preventing excessive intakes. (C) 2015 S. Karger AG, Basel
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-132
JournalAnnals of nutrition & metabolism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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