Nutritional composition of complementary toddler foods

Introduction of complementary (solid) food is recommended for infants from around six months to meet their increasing nutritional requirements.

The nutritional composition of complementary food makes an important contribution to the nutritional adequacy, growth and development of older infants. Traditionally home-made food is the main source of complementary food but the popularity of commercial complementary food has increased significantly over the last decades due to its convenience and affordability. 

Infant nutrition

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In the last 5 years there has been an increasing number of ‘toddler’ foods available on the market. Many of these foods position themselves as healthy options however, little is known about the nutritional composition of commercial complimentary and toddler foods in Australia. 

This project will assess the types and nutritional content of commercial complementary foods and popular recipes in Australia. 

This project will ideally suit an enthusiastic student who is interested in learning more about early life nutrition, in particular, nutrition and complementary feeding.

Key skills obtained

  • Survey design
  • Dietary analysis 
  • Data collection and Statistical analysis 
  • Project management 
  • Scientific writing and critical review of literature
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