As a mom, I want my kids to get good sources of calcium for strong bones and teeth so yogurt is a daily delight in our house. It’s filled with protein, calcium, and some have live and active cultures for their tiny bellies. So many different choices of yogurt exist at the grocery store. Colorful packaging or cartoon characters draw you in, but are you looking at the labels? Do you know which ones may be better for your kids?
Even if the packaging says “No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Artificial Colors or Flavors, Good Source of Calcium & Vitamin D”, it’s important to go deeper into the label. Some standard consistencies you see in kids yogurt are: most have sugar listed as the second or third ingredient (it may be anywhere from 1 3/4 teaspoon to 4 teaspoons of sugar per serving), calories fall between 60 to 110 calories per serving, and they have 0.5 to 2 grams of fat per serving. My analysis does not include baby or toddler yogurts. I will leave that for another post.
Below are my favorite kid picks. My criteria in picking these yogurts were sugar content, % Daily Values for Calcium and Vitamin D, quality of ingredients, and if the product contained live and active cultures. I included protein content so you can see the difference. Greek yogurt has the most with 8 grams of protein and YoKids Low Fat 6 pack has 5 grams of protein per serving. All the others contain 2 grams of protein per serving.
11 grams of sugar, 10% Daily Value of Calcium, 20% Daily Value of Vitamin D, 8 grams protein, live & active cultures, quality ingredients
Stonyfield Farms YoKids Squeezers
9 grams of sugar, 10% Daily Value of Calcium & Vitamin D, contains live & active cultures, 2 grams of protein, organic ingredients
Horizon Organic Tuberz
10 grams of sugar, 10% Daily Value of Calcium, live & active cultures, 2 grams of protein, organic ingredients
YoKids 4 oz. 6 pack Low Fat Yogurt
13 grams of sugar, 20% Daily Value of Calcium, 25% Daily Value of Vitamin D, live & active cultures, 5 grams of protein, organic ingredients
Yoplait Simply Go-Gurt
10 grams of sugar, 10% Daily Value of Calcium and Vitamin D, 2 grams of protein, live & active cultures, moderate ingredients