Not every food that sounds healthy for a child is as good as it appears. By Carolyn Williams, M.Ed., R.D.
Full of bone-building calcium, yogurt seems like a food for your child that you can’t go wrong with. And the truth is yogurt is a great source of nutrition – if you know what kind to look for. The healthiest options are low-fat or fat-free plain or Greek yogurt to which you can add your own fresh fruit and even a drizzle of honey. If your child prefers flavored yogurt, then look for one flavored with fruit and fruit juice. Make sure the yogurt label says “live and active cultures” to ensure that it is a good source of healthy, immune-boosting bacteria. Beware of the yogurts and yogurt drinks aimed at kids; these often have added sugars and artificial colorings and cost a lot more per ounce.