Nature's One Organic PediaSmart! Dairy Complete Nutrition Chocolate Beverage For Kids 1 to 13 Years - 12.7 oz. (260g)
Nature's One Organic PediaSmart Dairy has a rich and smooth chocolate, organic cocoa flavor that kids will love! PediaSmart Dairy is the Smart Organic Choice offering excellent nutrition as a healthy, balanced beverage. Drinking PediaSmart Dairy for a quick breakfast is a good substitute for an egg, toast and orage juice. PediaSmart Dairy provides protein and calcium for strong bones and teeth. Kids also benefit from PediaSmart Dairy by receiving a steady supply of ready energy without artificial stimulants. Even picky eaters love PediaSmart's great chocolate taste.
- Complete Nutrition Beverage
- For Kids 1 to 13 Years
- 29 Vitamins & Minerals
- Free of Lactose, Gluten & Corn
- Delicious Chocolate Flavor
The Only Complete Organic Dairy Nutritional Beverage
PediaSmart Dairy offers the only organic dairy option in a complete nutrition beverage. Organic assures pure ingredients, no chemical processing and nothing artificial. PediaSmart Dairy has been nutritionally designed for children ages 1 through 13 years. Its organic chocolate and vanilla flavors are so rich and smooth, even picky eaters love its great taste!
Chemicals Impact Growth & Development
A new study in the journal Pediatrics associates a link between pesticides and ADHD. The potential contributor is called organophosphate pesticides and is known to cause damage to the nerve connections in the brain, which is how they kill agricultural pests. Children are most likely to ingest this chemical through their diet. Rest assured that PediaSmart Dairy contains no pesticides and is free of artificial colors and flavors.
PediaSmart Dairy for Breakfast
If your child is a picky eater or avoids breakfast, PediaSmart Dairy is a good substitute for an egg, toast and orange juice. It contains all the nutrients found in a balanced meal including 29 vitamins & minerals, 7 grams of protein and organic simple & complex carbohydrates for a steady supply of ready energy.
Never Skip Breakfast Again! PediaSmart Dairy Offers a Balanced Organic Breakfast
A child's eating habits last a lifetime, so kids need to learn the importance of refueling every morning. Children who go to school without breakfast experience a drop in blood sugar, which leads to low energy, restlessness, moodiness and poor food choices as the day progresses. PediaSmart Dairy provides balanced nutrition similar to an egg, slice of whole wheat toast and a glass of orange juice. Studies prove that kid’s who eat a balanced breakfast in the morning have higher test scores than those with an empty stomach. This is because children go 8 to 10 hours from bedtime to their morning rise, and without breakfast the body becomes fatigued and the brain is unable to concentrate.
PediaSmart Dairy tastes great and is the ONLY nutritionally complete organic beverage that’s perfect when there’s no time for breakfast or when you need to supplement an incomplete meal. This beverage offers advantages over high carbohydrate foods like pastries and doughnuts that contain empty calories. PediaSmart Dairy is scientifically developed to maintain blood sugar levels that will successfully get your child through the morning.
For Kids Who Require Added Calories
For children who suffer from chronic illness, growth failure, eating disorders or injuries, PediaSmart Dairy can be used as a nutritional supplement or as a sole source of nutrition under the supervision of a doctor. PediaSmart Dairy is also an option for children with a feeding tube under special direction and supervision of a child’s healthcare team. This product is gluten free and suitable for lactose intolerance.
Organic Quality • Same Nutrition • Comparable Price
Conventional food manufacturers provide a wide selection of nutritional beverages for children. However, PediaSmart Dairy offers the ONLY organic dairy choice. The chart below outlines PediaSmart's organic advantage compared to leading brands. This product was scientifically formulated to provide complete nutrition, which means a child can consume PediaSmart Dairy and receive all the necessary protein, fat, carbohydrate and vitamins & minerals needed for a balanced meal.
The food industry has defined two nutrition beverage categories for the purpose of breakfast/snacks and nutritional supplementation. The chart below compares PediaSmart Dairy to both types of products. If you are looking for a breakfast beverage or a healthy snack that provides complete nutrition, you will want to compare PediaSmart Dairy to products such as NutriPals and Carnation Instant Breakfast. If your child needs added calories, then you will want to compare PediaSmart Dairy to PediaSure and Boost Kid Essentials.
Only Organic Dairy Beverage to Provide Complete & Balanced Nutrition
It is important for parents to understand why balanced nutrition is critical during the growing years of childhood. The best nutrition comes from the various food groups including organic fruits, vegetables, meats and grains. PediaSmart Dairy is recommended when fresh foods are not readily available or when medical or digestive problems hamper normal growth. Below is a description of each nutrient used in PediaSmart Dairy and how these nutrients impact your child's health.
PediaSmart Dairy contains 100% or more of the NAS-NRC Dietary Recommended Intake for protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals for children 1 to 13 years when consumed in
amounts appropriate for a child's age. For use as a sole source of nutrition, seek direction from a healthcare professional.
Why are Vitamins and Minerals Essential Nutrients?
Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients needed by the body to perform all of its functions, thus they are essential for proper growth, development, and body maintenance. Vitamins are organic, meaning they come from living organisms. Minerals are inorganic, meaning they do not come from living organisms but from substances such as limestone, shells, or the earth.
Except for two vitamins (Vitamin D and niacin), humans cannot make their own vitamins and minerals. They must be obtained from foods preferably or supplements if needed.
As important as vitamins are to the body, they can do nothing without minerals. Vitamins and minerals work together and are used as catalysts for many reactions that take place in the body. For example, vitamin C helps the body to absorb the mineral iron needed for healthy blood. The synergistic effect of calcium and Vitamin D in promoting good bone health is well known. Specific amounts of vitamins and minerals are needed for bodily functions. Too much or too little of any one of them can cause illness. The lack of Vitamin D, for example, can cause rickets (poor bone development). Too little iron in the diet results in anemia.
The best source of vitamins and minerals is food. Sometimes the body needs more than a person can consume from foods. Pregnant and lactating women will usually be advised to take a daily vitamin and mineral supplement. Breastfed infants may need an iron supplement after six months of age. Postmenopausal women need a calcium and Vitamin D supplement to prevent osteoporosis. Picky eaters, especially those who won’t eat specific types of foods, like fruits and vegetables, may need a daily vitamin and mineral supplement or consume PediaSmart. Whenever there is any question about the need for a supplement, it’s always best to consult with your healthcare professional.
Many of the signs and symptoms of a vitamin or mineral deficiency or excess are very general and can result from a variety of medical conditions. It is always important to have your healthcare professional evaluate any symptoms so that appropriate care is given.
How do Water-Soluble & Fat-Soluble Vitamins Differ?
Vitamins are often characterized as being water-soluble or fat-soluble. If the body does not need all of the water-soluble vitamins you consume, then the excess is excreted in the urine. However, this is not the case with fat-soluble vitamins. Any excess of fat-soluble vitamins gets stored in the body and they are not excreted. This can cause illness (hypervitaminosis). The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K. All other vitamins are water-soluble.
How Does the Human Body Use Minerals?
Three minerals (calcium, phosphorus and magnesium) account for 98% of the body’s mineral content and are especially important for bone health. In addition to these major minerals, the body also needs minuscule amounts of other minerals called trace elements.
Trace elements such as iron, zinc, iodine are essential for the body’s enzyme systems to function properly. Three minerals (sodium, potassium, and chloride) are known as electrolytes because of their function in the body to conduct electrical currents.
The body can regulate the balance of minerals. If a person consumes more minerals than are needed, any excess is excreted. If the body lacks a mineral, it will compensate for this lack by absorbing more of the mineral from foods consumed. Otherwise, mineral supplements are usually unnecessary except in chronic conditions where food intake is limited or when nutrient absorption is affected.
There are a few exceptions to this. An infant is born with iron stores that will last for 4 to 6 months. An iron supplement (or use of an iron-fortified formula for non-breastfed infants) will be recommended to prevent iron-deficiency anemia. During pregnancy, an iron supplement is often recommended to prevent anemia in mom and to assure a good iron supply to the fetus. Calcium along with Vitamin D is often recommended to postmenopausal women to prevent osteoporosis. The following is information on the major minerals and trace elements needed by the body.
Nutritional Supplement or Medical Food
PediaSmart Dairy is a good source of nutrition for children who suffer from chronic illness, growth failure, injuries or during recovery from surgery. PediaSmart Dairy is nutritionally comparable to conventional nutrition beverages such as PediaSure. It has been formulated to meet or exceed 100% of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and can be used as a sole source of nutrition and in a feeding tube under the supervision of a healthcare professional. The specific amount to be used daily will need to be determined based upon a child’s nutritional and medical status. PediaSmart Dairy is not for children with the genetic disorder galactosemia. Not for parenteral (intravenous) use. This product is gluten free and suitable for lactose intolerance.
Most snacks and beverages for children are loaded with artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners and contain corn syrup or even high levels of caffeine. Consider PediaSmart Dairy as a nutritious after-school snack instead of traditional snacks like soft drinks and chips. A child will consume 255 calories drinking an 8oz serving of Coke with a 1oz single serve bag of potato chips. Compare this to 237 calories of an 8oz serving of PediaSmart Dairy, which includes protein, good fats, calcium, carbohydrates for energy and vitamins & minerals.
PediaSmart Dairy provides great nutrition for child athletes before practice or games. PediaSmart Dairy is well tolerated as it is easily digested and provides long lasting energy.
There are presently no adult organic supplements on the market today. However, adults may use PediaSmart Dairy as a source of extra calories and nutrients. Although the product was specifically designed to help meet the nutritional needs of children, all ingredients in the product can be consumed by an adult. If PediaSmart Dairy is used as a supplement to an adult’s daily diet, the amount to consume daily will depend upon the overall daily caloric and nutritional needs and can be determined by a healthcare provider.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How is PediaSmart Dairy different from PediaSure?
PediaSmart Dairy is nutritionally comparable to the leading brand PediaSure; however, it is the only beverage on the market that provides complete organic nutrition. PediaSmart Dairy contains only natural and organic flavors with no artificial colors or sweeteners, genetically modified ingredients, pesticides, added growth hormones or hexane processed oils. Nature’s One purchases its organic milk protein concentrate from farmer-owned cooperatives where cows are fed only organic grains and grasses from organic pastures.
A recent study from the United Kingdom, soon to be published, reports on the benefits of consuming organic foods. Of particular interest is the finding that organic milk can contain up to 60% more antioxidants than found in conventionally produced milk. Antioxidants are molecules that help to prevent damage to the body’s cells. Examples of antioxidants are Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Can PediaSmart Dairy be used with children under 1-year of age?
PediaSmart Dairy is not an infant formula nor is it intended to be used with children under 1 year of age unless directed by a healthcare professional. Nature’s One believes breast milk is the best source of nutrition for an infant. When breast milk is not available, Nature’s One offers Baby’s Only Organic formulas. Consult your healthcare professional before changing an infants diet.
What type of packaging is used for PediaSmart Dairy?
PediaSmart Dairy packaging is 100% BPA-free. Nature's One uses composite canisters that are good for the environment. They are recyclable and on average contain 50% recycled content, 35% of which is post-consumer recycled materials. Composite cans are light weight because they are made of paperboard instead of tin. This reduces environmental waste and energy used in manufacturing and transportation.
As an organic manufacturer, Nature’s One is concerned over the level of chemicals ingested by infants, toddlers and children and is also conscientious of how their packaging impacts the environment. Nature’s One sources the highest quality ingredients and materials available to produce and package its organic pediatric products.
Does PediaSmart contain caffeine?
PediaSmart Dairy Vanilla does not contain caffeine. PediaSmart Dairy Chocolate contains a very low amount of caffeine (approximately 4.5 milligrams per 8 fluid ounces) which is derived from the organic cocoa powder. For comparison purposes, one 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee contains approximately 60-120 milligrams of caffeine; one 8-ounce cup of decaffeinated coffee contains 1-5 milligrams of caffeine; and one 8-ounce cup of green tea contains 20 milligrams of caffeine.
How Much Sugar Is In PediaSmart Dairy?
PediaSmart Dairy does not contain any refined white table sugar. The carbohydrates in PediaSmart Dairy are organic rice oligodextrin and organic evaporated cane syrup (sucrose). Carbohydrates are needed in the diet for a good source of energy used to support growth and body functions.
US labeling laws require a manufacturer to show not only the total carbohydrate but also the “sugars” content in a serving of the food when there is a Nutrition Facts Panel on the label. In the Nutrition Facts Panel of a label, “sugars” refer to all monosaccharide’s and disaccharides, not just to sucrose or sugar. Examples of a monosaccharide are glucose, fructose, and galactose. Examples of a disaccharide are sucrose, lactose, and maltose.
The carbohydrate blend of PediaSmart Dairy was specifically developed for young children. Sucrose is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the diet of toddlers and young children. It is found in almost all fruits and legumes and is also found in cereal grains, pastas, and many vegetables. When ingested as a part of an overall balanced diet, sucrose helps to meet part of daily energy needs to support a child’s growth and development. The combination of organic rice oligodextrin and organic evaporated cane syrup (sucrose) not only meets the overall carbohydrate requirements for a growing child but also provides the pleasant flavor acceptable to children. The organic rice oligodextrin has a bland flavor and is one-fifth as sweet as sucrose. So this combination offers a level of sweetness that’s not too sweet but one that is readily accepted and enjoyed by children. A pleasant and acceptable taste is an important part of offering PediaSmart Dairy to children.
PediaSmart Dairy provides complete balanced nutrition and contains the appropriate levels of protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals needed for a child when fed according to a child’s caloric requirements.
Does PediaSmart Dairy contain DHA and ARA?
PediaSmart Dairy contains the precursor essential fatty acids, linolenic acid and linoleic acid, which the body uses to make the non-essential fatty acids, DHA and ARA respectively. Because the body cannot make the essential fatty acids, they must be supplied by ingesting foods containing them. The amounts of linoleic fatty acid and linolenic fatty acid in PediaSmart™ Dairy are appropriate to support a child’s growth and development.
PediaSmart Dairy contains 1900 milligrams of linoleic fatty acid and 140 milligrams of linolenic fatty acid per 8 ounce serving.
What is the fat source and content of PediaSmart Dairy?
The proprietary fat blend in PediaSmart Dairy consists of organic high oleic sunflower and/or safflower oil, organic soybean oil, and organic coconut oil. These oils provide an appropriate level of linolenic and linoleic fatty acids that the human body can convert to DHA and ARA; fatty acids known to support brain and eye retina development. In addition, this oil blend provides a good source of mono- and polyunsaturated heart healthy fats.
All of these organic oils used in PediaSmart Dairy are expeller-expressed. This is a natural process that basically presses the oil from high oleic sunflower and/or safflower, soybean or coconut.
Conventionally processed oils use hexane solvents to extract the oils. This harsh process then requires the oil to be flashed with fire to burn off the hexane solvents. Hexane residues can remain in the finished oils. Nature's One believes that hexane has no place in a child’s diet – even if only a residue. Also, USDA organic rules prohibit the use of solvent-extracted vegetable oils. So PediaSmart Dairy would not be labeled organic if Nature's One selected conventionally processed vegetable oils.
PediaSmart Dairy contains 9 grams of fat per 8 ounce serving.
PediaSmart Dairy contains 1900 milligrams of linoleic fatty acid and 140 milligrams of linolenic fatty acid per 8 ounce serving.
Can PediaSmart Dairy be warmed or frozen?
PediaSmart Dairy does not need to be warmed prior to consumption. However, if a child prefers a slightly warmed beverage, PediaSmart Dairy can be heated but care must be taken to assure that it is not too hot to burn the lips and mouth. Always check the temperature of the warmed PediaSmart Dairy before feeding it to your child. Although PediaSmart Dairy can be warmed in a microwave safe container without affecting the nutrient quality of the product, the use of a microwave is not recommended because the liquid in the center of the container may be much hotter than the outer product and container resulting in scalding or burns.
Although freezing PediaSmart Dairy will not affect its nutrient content, PediaSmart Dairy should not be frozen because the physical appearance of the product will change when it is thawed making it unacceptable.
Can PediaSmart Dairy be mixed with milk instead of water?
The mixing instructions for PediaSmart Dairy state to use water because the protein source is organic non-fat cow’s milk. If PediaSmart Dairy is mixed with any type of milk, the protein, sodium and other dietary components will be increased. This could potentially be a problem for children with medical challenges because of the increased renal solute load (dietary components that are excreted in the urine) and its effect on water balance in the body with the potential for dehydration.
If a healthy child with no renal issues is well hydrated and consuming adequate water throughout the day, PediaSmart Dairy can be mixed with milk to increase calories and nutrients in the overall daily diet. Nature's One recommends a healthcare provider be consulted before preparing PediaSmart Dairy with any liquid other than water. Mixing with milk will also require extra stirring effort in order to completely mix the powder.