- Iron: The percentage of infants between 6 and 12 months old who do not consume the recommended amount of iron has increased from 7.5 percent in 2002 to 18 percent in 2016. Iron is a critical nutrient to support learning ability and brain development.
- Vitamin D: Fewer than 25 percent of infants get the recommended amount of vitamin D, which the body needs for strong bones and teeth.
- Fiber: Fewer than 10 percent of children 12 to 48 months old get adequate amounts of dietary fiber.
- Sodium: 40 percent of 1-year-olds and 70-75 percent of 2 to 3-year-olds exceed the upper limit for sodium.
- Sugar-sweetened beverages: About 10 percent of infants 6-12 months, 30 percent of 1-year-olds and 45 percent of 2- to 3-year-olds drink sugar-sweetened beverages on a given day.