Nutrient intake in aging infants and toddlers: 3-year follow-up of the Nutrintake study

Gian Vincenzo Zuccotti, Cristina Cassatella, Ambra Morelli, Maria Cristina Cucugliato, Chiara Mameli, Ersilia Troiano, Silvia Scaglioni, Giorgio Bedogni

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We performed a 3-year follow-up of the children enrolled into the Nutrintake Study to evaluate the changes of anthropometry and nutrient intake in aging infants and toddlers. Nutrient intake was assessed using a 7-day weighted food-diary. Of the 390 Nutrintake children, 164 (42%) participated in the present study. Their median (IQR) age was 54 (48; 66) months and their anthropometrical status, expressed as standard deviation scores, remained stable during the follow-up. During the same period, there was no biologically relevant change in the intake of macronutrients expressed as percentage of energy while median increases of 757 mg/day, 0.7 mg/day and 3.1 g/1000 kcal per day were detected for sodium, iron and fibre, respectively. As compared to the Italian reference standards, the Nutrintake children continued to show at the 3-year follow-up an excessive intake of simple carbohydrates, proteins, sodium, and a low intake of iron and fibre.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • children
  • cohort study
  • Epidemiology
  • food records
  • nutrients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science


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