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Tips from Dr. Sears: Why Yogurt is a Super Food For Little Ones

January 31, 2013 | Dr. Bill Sears

Organic yogurt is a superfood for little ones

At the Sears house, we have always loved to serve our children yogurt. Not only is yogurt delicious, but it helps our kids grow into the best, strongest, healthiest grownups they can be. Yogurt is a balanced source of protein, fats, carbohydrates and minerals in a texture kids love. Here are yogurt's top attributes, and the main reasons my wife and I loved to serve it to our eight children.

Yogurt is a great "grow food." In our family, "grow foods" are foods that are nutrient-dense—they pack a lot of nutrition in a small amount. Because babies, toddlers, and children have tiny tummies, they don't often eat a lot at one time, which is why feeding them nutrient-dense foods is important. Yogurt is an important grow food because it's packed with protein and calcium.

Yogurt is easy to digest. The culturing process makes yogurt easier to digest than milk. The live and active cultures break down the milk sugar lactose into glucose and galactose, two sugars that are easily absorbed by lactose-intolerant persons.

Yogurt improves the bioavailability of other nutrients. Culturing of yogurt increases the absorption of calcium and B-vitamins. The lactic acid in the yogurt aids in the digestion of the milk calcium, making it easier to absorb.


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