TABLE 6-3 Amounts Provided by Current and Revised Food Packages Compared with Amounts Suggested for Caloric Level, by Major Food Group and Participant Category

Food Group and Participant Category (Food Package No.)

Estimated Amounts, Current Food Package

Fruits and Vegetables, expressed in cups per day

Children, 2-4.9 y (IV-B)

~1.2 c†

Pregnant or partially breastfeeding women (V)

~1.2 c†

Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (VI)

~0.8 c†

Fully breastfeeding women (VII)

~1.5 c

Milk and Alternatives, expressed in 1-cup equivalentsc per day

Children, 2-4.9 y (IV-B)

3.2

Pregnant or partially breastfeeding women (V)

3.7

Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (VI)

3.2

Fully Breastfeeding Women (VII)

3.7

Grains, expressed in 1-ounce equivalentsd per day

Children, 2-4.9 y (IV-B)

1.2

Pregnant or partially breastfeeding women (V)

1.2

Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (VI)

1.2

Fully breastfeeding women (VII)

1.2

Meat and Alternatives, expressed in 1-ounce equivalentse per day

Children, 2-4.9 y (IV-B)

2.9

Pregnant or partially breastfeeding women (V)

1.9

Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (VI)

0.9

Fully breastfeeding women (VII)

3.8

aSuggested amounts are from Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 (DHHS/USDA, 2005, App A-2, p 53).

bRanges of caloric levels used: children, 1,000–1,400 kilocalories; pregnant or partially breastfeeding women, 2,200–2,400 kilocalories; non-breastfeeding postpartum women, 1,600–2,000 kilocalories; and fully breastfeeding women, 2,400–2,600 kilocalories.

cA 1-cup equivalent equals 1 cup of milk or yogurt, 1.5 oz natural cheese, or 2 oz processed cheese.

dA 1-ounce equivalent equals 1 slice bread, 1 oz dry rice, or 1 oz dry breakfast cereal.

inclusion of fruits and vegetables with very few restrictions on choice.7 The committee urges administrators in the WIC program at various levels to

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The committee recommendation not to allow potatoes (with the exception of yams and sweet potatoes) is based on the data that these starchy vegetables already are very widely consumed. The WIC program would provide no additional nutritional benefit by promoting the intake of potatoes. In certain local populations, WIC agencies may wish to restrict the purchase of other starchy vegetables for similar reasons.



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