For families avoiding cow’s milk, finding the best milk alternative that is nutritionally suitable for toddlers can be difficult. Read on to learn more about why nut milks may not be the right choice for your little one.
Almond Milk May Not Provide Adequate Protein
Toddlers require adequate protein each day to stay healthy. Protein is required for the proper growth and development of the immune system, bones, muscles, teeth and hair; it also helps to stabilize blood sugar.
The amount of protein toddlers require will depend on their age, weight and health status. In general, children 1-3 years of age should aim for 13-16 grams of protein per day.
Nut milks such as almond milk and cashew milk often contain very little protein, typically around 1 gram per cup (8 oz). Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula*, on the other hand, offers 4g of protein per 8 oz serving (1 cup).
Almond Milk May Be Missing Critical Micronutrients
Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need for growth, repair, and development. For rapidly growing toddlers, micronutrients are especially important.
Almond milk and other nut milks may not provide the nutrition toddlers need. For example, they typically lack significant amounts of a number of important micronutrients, such as iron, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin A, and zinc. Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula* is fortified with 22 vitamins and minerals, including the above micronutrients that are critical for toddler development.
Nut Milk May Lack Valuable Omega 3 Fatty Acids
DHA is an omega 3 fatty acid critical to eye, brain and neurological development. Since children’s brains are growing so rapidly in the first two years of life, DHA is especially important during this time. There are many studies that highlight the importance of DHA in infants as well as children, including positive effects on the visual system and cognitive development.
DHA is found mainly in coldwater fish and may not feature as a prominent part of a little one’s diet. Almond milk and other nut milks typically do not contain any DHA. Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula* contains 23 mg of DHA per 8 oz serving.
Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula is designed for toddlers aged 12-24 months and is a delicious and nutritious cow’s milk alternative.
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Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula may be an option for little ones during feeding transitions, such as weaning and supplementing, or those with minor issues associated with cow milk sensitivity*.
We encourage parents to consult their little one’s healthcare provider before making a feeding change.
*Not suitable for children with confirmed cow milk protein allergy