Topic: Snack Foods

Exploratory Analysis of Nutritional Quality and Metrics of Snack Consumption among Nepali Children during the Complementary Feeding Period

This paper published in the journal Nutrients in December 2019 used exploratory analysis to examine how nutritional quality of snacks consumed specifically between meals relates to overall dietary adequacy and total energy intakes for young children during the complementary feeding period. In addition, the paper explores different metrics of snack consumption to understand correlations with dietary outcomes.…

Commercial Snack Food and Beverage Consumption Prevalence among Children 6–59 Months in West Africa

This paper summarizing patterns in commercial snack food consumption in 4 West African countries was published in November 2019 in the Journal Nutrients. Abstract Consumption of commercial snack food and beverage products among infants, young, and school-aged children may have negative effects on child nutritional outcomes, as these foods are typically dense in energy but…

Marketing and Consumption of Commercial Foods Fed to Young Children in Low and Middle‐income Countries

This June 2019 supplement issue of the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition includes findings from ARCH research into the role of commercial foods in the diets of young children and related national policy issues. Access the full supplement or click on each article below. Links include French translations of each paper’s abstract. Marketing and infant and young child…

High proportions of children under 3 years of age consume commercially produced snack foods and sugar‐sweetened beverages in Bandung City, Indonesia

This article was published in the Maternal & Child Nutrition Supplement: Marketing and Consumption of Commercial Foods Fed to Young Children in Low and Middle‐income Countries. Abstract: Child undernutrition continues to be a national concern in Indonesia, whereas childhood overweight/obesity rises. Economic development has led to wide availability of highly processed foods and beverages, with…

Unhealthy Snack Food and Beverage Consumption Is Associated with Lower Dietary Adequacy and Length-for-Age z-Scores among 12–23-Month-Olds in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

This articles was published in the Journal of Nutrition in July 2019. Abstract: Background Consumption of unhealthy snack foods and beverages (USFBs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is rising, with global awareness increasing about risks of overnutrition. However, little is known about the relation between USFB consumption and young children’s diet/nutritional outcomes in contexts where…

Perceptions of commercial snack food and beverages for infant and young child feeding: A mixed‐methods study among caregivers in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

This article was published in the Maternal & Child Nutrition Supplement: Marketing and Consumption of Commercial Foods Fed to Young Children in Low and Middle‐income Countries. Abstract: Ensuring nutritious complementary feeding is vital for child nutrition. Prior research in Kathmandu Valley found high consumption rates of commercially produced snack foods among young children, which are…

Energy intake from unhealthy snack food/beverage among 12‐23‐month‐old children in urban Nepal

This article was published in the Maternal & Child Nutrition Supplement: Marketing and Consumption of Commercial Foods Fed to Young Children in Low and Middle‐income Countries. Abstract: Unhealthy snack food and beverage (USFB) consumption among young children has been noted in many low‐income and middle‐income countries (LMIC), however, there is a lack of information on…

Snack food and beverage consumption and young child nutrition in low‐ and middle‐income countries: A systematic review

This article was published in the Maternal & Child Nutrition Supplement: Marketing and Consumption of Commercial Foods Fed to Young Children in Low and Middle‐income Countries. Abstract: Although snacks can provide important nutrients for young children during the complementary feeding period, the increasing availability of snack foods and sugar‐sweetened beverages (SSB), often energy‐dense and nutrient‐poor,…

Promotions of breastmilk substitutes, commercial complementary foods and commercial snack products commonly fed to young children are frequently found in points‐of‐sale in Bandung City, Indonesia

This article was published in the Maternal & Child Nutrition Supplement: Marketing and Consumption of Commercial Foods Fed to Young Children in Low and Middle‐income Countries. Abstract: Few studies have documented the marketing of commercial foods and beverages for infants and young children in West Java, Indonesia. To assess the prevalence of promotions at points‐of‐sale…

Marketing and infant and young child feeding in rapidly evolving food environments

This supplement editorial was published in the Maternal & Child Nutrition Supplement: Marketing and Consumption of Commercial Foods Fed to Young Children in Low and Middle‐income Countries. Excerpt: This 2019 Maternal & Child Nutrition supplement presents the continuation of research in Cambodia, Nepal, and Senegal, as well as a broadening of its scope in a new…