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Question

[For those under 2 years of age] Can USDA Food Patterns be established based on the relationships identified [in the systematic reviews]? If so, how well do USDA Food Pattern variations meet nutrient recommendations for infants and toddlers? If nutrient needs are not met, is there evidence to support supplementation and/or consumption of fortified foods to meet nutrient adequacy?

Approach to Answering the Question
Food Pattern Modeling

Subcommittee
Data Analysis and Food Pattern Modeling Cross-Cutting Working Group

Food Pattern Modeling Protocol
Developed for each scientific question being examined, the protocol describes how the food pattern modeling methodology will be used to answer the question, including:

  • Establishing food patterns for this age group
  • Developing nutrient profiles for food groups/subgroups used in modeling 
  • Examining modifications to elements of USDA Food Pattern
  • Characterizing nutrient adequacy of healthy eating variations 
  • Developing conclusion statements to summarize each question
  • Making recommendations to inform future work on this topic

For additional details, see the full protocol for the questions, [For those under 2 years of age] Can USDA Food Patterns be established based on the relationships identified [in the systematic reviews]? If so, how well do USDA Food Pattern variations meet nutrient recommendations for infants and toddlers? If nutrient needs are not met, is there evidence to support supplementation and/or consumption of fortified foods to meet nutrient adequacy?

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Draft Conclusion
This page will be updated with the draft conclusion once it has been developed. Draft conclusions are not considered final until they have been deliberated with and decided upon by the full Committee and published in the Committee’s report.