The Danger of Kid’s Yogurt
Companies specifically market their yogurt towards children using bright colors and playful containers. Often moms grab this easy item for their kids because it is widely considered a health food. There are certainly benefits to eating yogurt, but the dangers in many brands far outweigh the good.
Using a major brand of kid’s yogurt that comes in a tube as an example, we can see what is really entering our children’s stomachs from the ingredients list. After many complaints, the manufacturers of the tubed yogurt recently cut out high fructose corn syrup and food dyes. Let’s take a look at what is in the product now:
2nd Ingredient: Sugar- about 10g per 64oz tube. Milk naturally contains sugar, and yet kid’s yogurt has this as the second ingredient. Yogurt with NO added source sugar has an average of about 8g from the milk alone, so this causes us to wonder what percentage of the tube is added sugar vs cultured milk.
3rd Ingredient: Modified Food Starch- There are 2 major issues with this ingredient. The first is that it is made from starch and can contain gluten. If you or your children are gluten intolerant and are trying to avoid wheat, remember this ingredient as it is in most yogurt and a large amount of processed food. The second is that it is suspected of containing or creating a form of glutamic acid to react in the brain like MSG. Ingredients such as modified food starch are being created in labs to have the same effect as MSG. Major food manufacturers paid labs to create new ingredients like this one so that they can get away with putting phrases on their labels such as “No MSG.” This marketing ploy works very well. Always be aware of new ingredients like this one.
8th ingredient: Natural Flavor- Natural flavor could be anything as long as it began as a product from nature. It can be modified or altered into any form. This ingredient can be a deal breaker. There is a reason the company is not telling you what it is.
Healthy Yogurt Kids Will Eat
You don’t have to buy prepackaged flavors for kids to enjoy the benefits of yogurt. You can buy healthy versions and mix things in at home. From granola to fruit, options are unlimited. Here is a recipe for a homemade mix my daughter loves:
1 cup/small container of grass fed yogurt (no sugar added) such as Plain yogurt from Maple Hill Creamery
1 tbs Raw Cacao Powder
1-2 tsp pure honey OR 1/16 tsp stevia powder
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve.