Building, sharing and applying nutrition knowledge

Building Nutrition Knowledge

Our large-scale research projects in the United States and around the world are helping to develop a deeper understanding of the health impacts of dietary intake, lifestyle behaviors, and food preferences of children and adults alike.

Children’s Nutrition Knowledge Leadership




Our Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS), first conducted in 2002 and repeated in 2008, was conducted for another round of original data in 2016 with results projected to be published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2017. More than 3,000 parents and caregivers were surveyed, including participants of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), to improve knowledge and understanding of the current eating patterns of infants and young children, and to help inform nutrition guidelines.

Two scientific papers related to 2008 FITS data were published in 2016, one exploring associations between picky eating, child eating characteristics, and food intake among toddlers, and the other exploring underconsumption of key food groups among 2- and 3-year-old children.

Our Kids Nutrition and Health Study (KNHS), which is focused on children 4–12 years old, published three new scientific papers in 2016 ranging from screen-based sedentary behavior to skipping lunch to snacking. Both FITS and KNHS are yielding important insights into children’s eating patterns and helping to define and improve our product formulations, consumer communications, educational programs and services, and partnerships.

Nutrition and Health Research




Nestlé has the world’s largest private food and nutrition research and development network in the industry— rapidly innovating conventional and medical foods, beverages, and services to meet nutrition, health, and wellness needs. We have 39 Research and Development Centers and Product Technology Centers around the world focused on developing innovative technologies and manufacturing processes that are the basis of new product development. Our 10 R&D centers across the United States are helping Nestlé respond to the growing diversity and nuances of food preferences, guiding our progress toward delivering better nutrition for current and future generations.

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