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Are carbmaster yogurts okay to give to kids?
meekschan posted:
Okay, so I was trying to find a good healthy yogurt for the kids to take to school as a snack.
I was wondering what you guys thought of this.. or should I just stick to Yoplait and send it to them once in a while..
Here is the back of the yogurt for vanilla chai

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz
Amount per Serving
Calories 60Calories from Fat 13.5
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.5g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 95mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 8g 16%
Est. Percent of Calories from:
Fat 22%
Carbs 26%
Protein 52%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.

Ingredients here..
water, milk protein concentrate, whey protein concentrate, cream, gelatin, tricalcium phosphate, modified corn starch, natural flavor, citric acid, salt, pectin, agar, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, red 40, vitamin A palmitate, vitamamin D3, enzymes and active cultures with L. Acidophilus and B. bifidum
Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi & Welcome meekschan,

I am not familiar with this particular yogurt and I am no expert.

I have a six year old and have made the decision to not use artificial sweeteners in our family, so I would I would not buy this one.

Here are a couple resources about yogurt -

The Benefits of Yogurt
Good Eats for School Age Kids

And, just for fun, check out this video. We love the Banana Breakfast Bash !

Chris Tiongson, MD replied to Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff's response:
For kids with diabetes or other medical conditions, I consider making exceptions, but as a rule, I also like to avoid artifical sweeteners for my kids and my patients.
meekschan replied to Chris Tiongson, MD's response:
May I ask why artificial sweeteners are not recommended. And which ones should I look out for, I heard something about aspartame, but I am not aware of the other ones.

Also, I was talking about giving the children a couple of yogurts a week, not too much, just twice a week. My children aren't diabetic or have any medical conditions, and they are of normal weight and are now active swimmers.

They also take fruits on the other days when they don't take their yogurt, so I don't think they will develop a habit of eating packaged sweets as adults.

For now they love sugar, but we limit their sugar intake by not purchasing sweets and having a huge stack of fruits at home.

Thank you in advance
Chris Tiongson, MD replied to meekschan's response:
This not a lot of evidence one way or of the other about any of the artificial sweetners and kids. In situations like this, for me, it is more a prinicple of caution.

What is the benefit of artificial sweetners to kids of healthy weight without any medical conditions? None, really. So, I prefer to avoid them.
meekschan replied to Chris Tiongson, MD's response:
That makes sense, Thank you.

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