I.M. asks from Watertown, MA on September 16, 2009
Question About Yogurt
Hi all moms. Maybe you can help me with a question about yogurt.
I give my 21 mos DD Yo Baby yogurt - mainly because it is organic, and also because she refuses to drink milk. She will eat some cheese, but it is the yogurt that gets her the most calcium - and some fat too.
Yo Baby yogurt has a lot of sugar in it, and so do most yogurts. I tried the full fat greek strained yogurt and mixed it with fruit and juice, but she gagged. I tried mixing it with the Yo Baby and she still gagged.
Any good kinds out there without so much sugar?
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C.S. answers from Boston on September 17, 2009
I had the same thoughts when I started feeding the Yo Baby to my 13 month old (now 3 1/2) and wrote to Stonyfield to ask about the sugar content. Here is their response to me! Hope it helps you.
The sugar content on the label represents not just added sugar, but also
sugar that is found naturally in the milk (lactose) and fruit puree. The
grams of sugar on a label do not differentiate these. In developing this
product, we considered many issues, including whether or not to add a
small amount of sugar to the product. We did decide to add a small
amount of sugar in order to meet the taste requirements of the babies
and toddlers we tested. As a health professional, I feel it's important
to emphasize to you that each Yobaby serving provides the same or fewer
grams of sugar and total carbohydrates as applesauce or other fruit
servings. Additionally, Yobaby provides an excellent source of protein,
calcium, and our unique blend of six live active cultures. Our
Lactobacillus reuteri culture is especially beneficial for young
children. Reuteri helps prevent and treat diarrhea, which is one of the
leading causes of hospitalization of young children. The inulin we use
has been shown to increase calcium absorption and bone density. It has
also been shown to keep kids well. So, on balance, I believe that Yobaby
offers one of the very best foods you can feed to a baby or toddler.
As of April 2007, the sugar content in all of our YoBaby and kids'
yogurt will have less sugar. The YoBaby will have 13 grams. This is 25%
less! This includes the lactose, fruit and added sugar. The leading
kids' yogurt has 18 grams per 4 oz. cup.
We recognize that you choose your products with care, and I just wanted
you to know that we take the sugar content into consideration. There is
always the option of buying the plain whole milk yogurt and adding
fruit. This will give you the whole milk appropriate for his age, plus
the beneficial probiotics and inulin.
We are passionately committed to producing the best tasting, healthiest
yogurts available, and trying to do some good in the world while we're
at it. Please visit our web site at www.Stonyfield.com to learn more.
Thanks for writing.
Vicki Koenig, MS, RD, CDN
Stonyfield Farm Nutritionist
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R.K. answers from Boston on September 17, 2009
As long as you aren't giving her cookies, cake, ice cream, sweet juice, etc through out the day a serving of yogurt is not going to hurt her.
S.A. answers from Boston on September 25, 2009
Hi I.~ I am very intrigued by your thoughts on YoBaby yogurt, especially since I am an employee of Stonyfield Farm. Please allow me to help put your mind at ease about the sugar content in YoBaby yogurts. As a mother of a 2 year old myself, I too had some of these questions. Rest assured that Stonyfield's all organic product really is the best for your child.
With all the news headlines around sugar, we completely understand your concerns regarding the sugar content of our YoBaby yogurts. I’ve shared your thoughts with the team responsible for YoBaby so they hear your sentiments directly.
The sugar content on the label represents not just added sugar, but also sugar that is found naturally in the milk (milk sugar) and fruit. In developing this product, we considered many issues, including whether or not to add a small amount of sugar to the product. We did decide to add this small amount of sugar in order to meet the taste preferences of the babies and toddlers we tested.
Each YoBaby serving actually provides the same or fewer grams of sugar and total carbohydrates as applesauce or other fruit servings. And, of course, YoBaby also provides an excellent source of protein, calcium, and our unique blend of six live active cultures. So, on balance, we believe that YoBaby offers one of the very best foods you can feed to a baby or toddler.
I hope you'll stick with YoBaby, and that your baby girl continues to enjoy the taste and receive the healthful benefits of our product. Take Care -- S.
Z.T. answers from Boston on September 17, 2009
My toddler doesn't like Greek yogurt either, but she loves just regular plain yogurt (she's tried vanilla yogurt, but dislikes it). I buy full fat organic - usually Stonyfield Farms. If she's being picky, I put give her some Cheerios on the side, she likes the crunch and mixing them in herself.
C.M. answers from Boston on September 17, 2009
I give my daughter a 50/50 mix of drinkable organic yogurt and organic whole milk as a *shake* in her sippy cup. That would up the calcium and lower the sugar and over time you could probably decrease the amount of the yogurt and up the milk decreaseing the sugar intake that way!
M.C. answers from Boston on September 17, 2009
They have Yo Baby Plain in some stores and then you can mix in applesauce or something like that to cut down on sugar. Good luck! My DD loved cottage cheese as an alternative to yogurt as well.
P.N. answers from Boston on September 17, 2009
I'd get some plain that is a thinner type than greek and start mixing in a little at a time until after a while you have less of the sugary kind and more of the plain. If you do it gradually she will get used to the taste that way. That's what I did for myself and I really find flavored yogurts too sweet now.
Have you considered making it yourself? I recently started making my own. It is really simple and you can control the ingredients, obviously. You just heat milk, add yogurt and powdered milk and heat it for 8-12 hours in a yogurt maker (which you can get for $40 at amazon). If this is something she is eating daily it may make sense to make it.
It tastes SO much better than the commercial stuff and you can control everything-texture, tanginess and what goes into it. Sweetened with a little honey and some frozen blueberries is so yummy. Something to consider.
J.B. answers from Boston on September 17, 2009
regular organic yogurts have up to half the sugar of baby yogurts. I used them instead.