The issue with high protein yoghurts for kids

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The issue with high protein yoghurts for kids

Yoghurt is a nutrient rich food – packed full of protein, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus, it is a great choice for growing children who need 2-3 serves of dairy each day in order to get the calcium they need for optimal bone development. 

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The growing range of high protein yoghurts including Chobani and YoPro has been a great addition to the yoghurt aisle for adults. With almost 20g of high quality protein per serve, these lower sugar, higher protein options have revolutionised the yoghurt aisle of the supermarket and are generally my yoghurt recommendation of choice for adults. 

The only issue with these products is that it has not been mentioned that these products are not appropriate for children, especially toddlers and even primary school aged children. 

When it comes to protein intake, It is recommended that we get between 0.75-1g of protein per kilo of body weight. For a teenager or adult this means we have 60-100g of protein on average to play with each day and as such as tub of yoghurt that offers 20g of high quality protein is no issue. On the other hand, feeding a 15kg toddler a tub of yoghurt with 20g of protein, or even a 35g school aged child ½ their daily protein requirements in a small snack is not ideal. It would suggest that at times their protein intake is well over the recommended intakes of just 20-40g in total each day which they will easily receive via a daily serve of meat, chicken or fish, milk and wholegrain breads and cereals.

This is not by any means to say that yoghurt is a poor choice for children. Regular natural yoghurt is a great choice for growing children, especially when served with fresh fruit. There are a number of kid’s yoghurts also available, and a number of these are also good options as they contain protein levels ranging from 5-8g of protein per serve. The issue with these can be that they can contain a fair amount of added sugar, with some varieties containing up to 20g of sugars per serve. For this reason it always pays to check the sugar content of any yoghurt you are giving to the kids and aim for <5-6 of added sugars per serve where possible. Based on this, these are my favourite options for kids.

Cal | Protein (g) | Carbs (g) | Sugars | Calcium (mg)

Petit Miam Tubes | 51 | 2.4 | 6.7 | 5.4 | 145

Vaalia Natural | 83 | 6 | 9.6 | 7.4 | 200

Tamar Valley Kids | 100 | 4 | 4.2 | 3.5 | 155

Brookfarm Squishy | 54 | 2.7 | 7.5 | 5.5 | 179

Brookfarm Lactose Free | 39 | 2.4 | 5.0 | 4.9 | 84

Vaalia My First Yoghurt | 71 | 4.2 | 7.2 | 6.0 | 136

Rafferty’s No Sugar | 48 | 3.3 | 1.6 | 1.6 | 103

Rafferty’s Banana 50 | 3.0 | 3.2 | 2.8 | 90