Labels on ‘toddler drinks’ may be misleading customers, study says

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — So-called toddler drinks are a growing category of beverages for young ones, but their labels may be misleading customers about their nutrition and health benefits.

A study published Monday in the journal Preventive Medicine noted that the drinks — marketed for children 9 to 36 months who are transitioning from breast or formula feeding to solid foods — are not recommended by medical experts and provide “no advantage” over whole milk and a nutritionally adequate diet, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians.

“Our study builds on previous research demonstrating that manufacturers’ marketing practices may undermine the diets …read more