Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yoplait Baby - Not For My Baby

I came across this post today: moms-add-this-to-your-do-not-buy-list about the ingredients in Yoplait Baby. Yogurt designed to give your baby what he needs. Or so you think.

If you choose to give your baby dairy at some point, whole milk/full fat products are what is recommended until age 2 since babies need fat for their brain development. Other than that, why would you give your baby, 8 months and up, anything else in that yogurt?

*A baby this age does not have the taste for the sweet treats adults have become accustomed to.
*Corn starch gives the yogurt the consistency they want but adds nothing of nutrition to your baby.
*Baby should always have natural flavor, but just because it's natural does not mean it's good for you or that you'd want to eat it. Natural flavorings can encompass a lot of things. Have you ever heard of "castoreum"? No? It's listed under "natural flavors" in some food because it is natural - from beaver glands. (Don't believe me? Check it out here: When the FDA approves things like that, I am so glad I keep kosher because anything from a beaver cannot be used in kosher products. Besides, shouldn't banana yogurt contain actual bananas?
*So the last ingredient, turmeric extract, can be a good thing, but baby yogurt doesn't need color which is the purpose of the turmeric.

Instead of buying the expensive individual yogurts, buy plain whole milk yogurt and add your own fruit. Baby will get a taste for the natural stuff and be so much more healthy for it.

We were never big on yogurt. We much preferred homemade organic applesauce or pear with avocado. Yum!


  1. Thanks for sharing this! And I love the premise of your blog. I believe something that would make all of us better parents is to worry less in general!

    1. Thanks! I completely agree. We often don't listen to our instincts and we need to! Us moms (and dads) are usually right.