Cheese, fat content not specifiedb


When selecting milk or milk products, make choices that are fat-reduced.



Limit cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg/d

Dry beans or peasb



About 3 c of cooked legumes per week for women, smaller amounts for children

Peanut butterb,c

Avoid eating peanut butter from a spoon for safety reasons until age 3 y (AAP, 2004)

Counted as part of the meat group

Tuna (canned)—breastfeeding women only


Counted as part of the meat group. Evidence suggests about two servings of fish per week may reduce the risk of mortality from coronary heart disease. Avoid white tuna (albacore) because of mercury content.

Carrots—breastfeeding women only


Increase intake of fruits and vegetables.

aFor persons ages 2 years and older (DHHS/USDA, 2004, 2005)

bBeginning at age 1 year

cPeanut butter is a source of vitamin E, identified as a nutrient of concern with regard to inadequate intake (Table 2-10, Chapter 2Nutrient and Food Priorities).

NOTES: na = not applicable; NR = no recommendation. Bold font highlights topics needing more attention when revising the food packages.

DATA SOURCES: Dietary guidance for feeding infants and toddlers is from several sources: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP, 1992a, 1992b, 1997, 1998, 2001a, 2001b, 2004, 2005; Kleinman, 2000 ); Healthy People 2010 (DHHS, 2000b); 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee Report (DHHS/USDA, 2004); and Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 (DHHS/USDA, 2005).

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