Frequently Asked Questions
- How much PediaSmart® Dairy will meet the Dietary Reference Intakes?
PediaSmart® Dairy contains 100% or more of the NAS-NRC Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals:
- For children 1 to 8 years of age, in 1000 milliliters (approximately 33 fluid ounces or slightly more than four 8-fluid ounce servings).
- For children 9 to 13 years of age, in 1500 milliliters (approximately 50 fluid ounces or slightly more than six 8-fluid ounce servings).
- How is PediaSmart® Dairy different from PediaSure®?
PediaSmart® Dairy is nutritionally comparable to the leading brand PediaSure®; however, it is the only beverage on the market that provides complete organic nutrition. PediaSmart® Dairy contains only natural and organic flavors with no artificial colors or sweeteners, genetically modified ingredients, pesticides, added growth hormones or hexane processed oils. Nature’s One® purchases its organic milk protein concentrate from farmer-owned cooperatives where cows are fed only organic grains and grasses from organic pastures.
A recent study from the United Kingdom, soon to be published, reports on the benefits of consuming organic foods.1 Of particular interest is the finding that organic milk can contain up to 60% more antioxidants than found in conventionally produced milk. Antioxidants are molecules that help to prevent damage to the body’s cells. Examples of antioxidants are Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
1. The Herald, United Kingdom. “Organic food really is better for you, says study funded by the EU,” October 29, 2007. Sourced November 6, 2007 from: http://22.214.171.124/news_story.php?id=5369 and http://www.freshplaza.com/news_detail.asp?id=10167.
PediaSure is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories.
- Can PediaSmart® Dairy be used with children under 1-year of age?
PediaSmart® Dairy is not an infant formula nor is it intended to be used with children under 1 year of age unless directed by a healthcare professional. Nature’s One® believes breast milk is the best source of nutrition for an infant. When breast milk is not available, Nature’s One® offers Baby’s Only Organic® formulas. Consult your healthcare professional before changing an infants diet. For additional information on Baby’s Only Organic® formulas, please click on the following link:
Baby's Only Organic Dairy Formula
- What type of packaging is used for PediaSmart® Dairy?
PediaSmart® Dairy packaging does not contain BPA. We use composite canisters that are good for the environment. They are recyclable and on average contain 50% recycled content, 35% of which is post-consumer recycled materials. Composite cans are light weight because they are made of paperboard instead of tin. This reduces environmental waste and energy used in manufacturing and transportation.
As an organic manufacturer, Nature’s One® is concerned over the level of chemicals ingested by infants, toddlers and children and is also conscientious of how our packaging impacts the environment. Nature’s One® sources the highest quality ingredients and materials available to produce and package its organic pediatric products.
- Does PediaSmart® Dairy contain lactose, gluten, and corn?
PediaSmart® Dairy is appropriate for lactose sensitivity even though it contains an extremely small amount of lactose. This lactose naturally comes in with the organic milk protein concentrate. This small amount of lactose should not cause a problem for children who are lactose intolerant. However, PediaSmart® Dairy should not be used for children with galactosemia. Instead, consider using PediaSmart® Soy which may be appropriate for children with galactosemia. Please consult with your healthcare professional for advice..
All ingredients used in PediaSmart® Dairy are gluten free. PediaSmart® Dairy can be a useful addition to the diet of a child with celiac disease, gluten enteropathy, or other conditions where gluten needs to be avoided to help ensure proper nutrition along with other gluten-free healthy foods and beverages.
PediaSmart® Dairy is made without corn ingredients such as corn syrup. For families concerned about genetically engineered (GE) foods or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), corn is often avoided because so much of the corn grown today has been genetically modified. PediaSmart® Dairy may also be a useful addition to the diet of a child with a sensitivity to corn and to help ensure proper nutrition along with other healthy foods and beverages. PediaSmart® Dairy is the only complete dairy-based nutritional supplement/beverage on the market that does not contain corn ingredients.
- Does PediaSmart® contain caffeine?
PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla does not contain caffeine.
PediaSmart® Dairy Chocolate contains a very low amount of caffeine (approximately 4.5 milligrams per 8 fluid ounces) which is derived from the organic cocoa powder. For comparison purposes, one 8-ounce cup of brewed coffee contains approximately 60-120 milligrams of caffeine; one 8-ounce cup of decaffeinated coffee contains 1-5 milligrams of caffeine; and one 8-ounce cup of green tea contains 20 milligrams of caffeine.
- How much sugar is in PediaSmart® Dairy?
PediaSmart® Dairy does not contain any refined white table sugar. The carbohydrates in PediaSmart® Dairy are organic rice maltodextrin and organic evaporated cane sugar (sucrose). Carbohydrates are needed in the diet for a good source of energy used to support growth and body functions.
US labeling laws require a manufacturer to show not only the total carbohydrate but also the “sugars” content in a serving of the food when there is a Nutrition Facts Panel on the label. In the Nutrition Facts Panel of a label, “sugars” refer to all monosaccharide’s and disaccharides, not just to sucrose or sugar. Examples of a monosaccharide are glucose, fructose, and galactose. Examples of a disaccharide are sucrose, lactose, and maltose.
The carbohydrate blend of PediaSmart® Dairy was specifically developed for young children. Sucrose is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the diet of toddlers and young children. It is found in almost all fruits and legumes and is also found in cereal grains, pastas, and many vegetables. 1 When ingested as a part of an overall balanced diet, sucrose helps to meet part of daily energy needs to support a child’s growth and development. The combination of organic rice maltodextrin and organic evaporated cane sugar (sucrose) not only meets the overall carbohydrate requirements for a growing child but also provides the pleasant flavor acceptable to children. The organic rice maltodextrin has a bland flavor and is one-fifth as sweet as sucrose. So this combination offers a level of sweetness that’s not too sweet but one that is readily accepted and enjoyed by children. A pleasant and acceptable taste is an important part of offering PediaSmart® Dairy to children.
PediaSmart® Dairy provides complete balanced nutrition and contains the appropriate levels of protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals needed for a child when fed according to a child’s caloric requirements.
(1) Betty W. Li, Karen W. Andrews and Pamela R Pehrsson, “Individual sugars, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber contents of 70 high consumption foods,” Journal of Food Composition and Analysis (2002) 15, 715-723.
PediaSmart® Dairy-Vanilla contains 31 grams of carbohydrate per 8 fluid ounce serving of which 14 grams are “sugars” as noted on the Nutrition Facts Panel. These “sugars” are primarily sucrose, maltose and glucose. The remaining 17 grams of carbohydrate are complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates prevent quick spikes in blood glucose levels because they are more slowly digested than sugars.
PediaSmart® Dairy-Chocolate contains 31 grams of carbohydrate per 8 fluid ounce serving of which 17 grams are “sugars” as noted on the Nutrition Facts Panel. These “sugars” are primarily sucrose, maltose and glucose. The remaining 14 grams of carbohydrate are complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates prevent quick spikes in blood glucose levels because they are more slowly digested than sugars.
- Does PediaSmart® Dairy contain DHA and ARA?
PediaSmart® Dairy contains the precursor essential fatty acids, linolenic acid and linoleic acid, which the body uses to make the non-essential fatty acids, DHA and ARA respectively. Because the body cannot make the essential fatty acids, they must be supplied by ingesting foods containing them. The amounts of linoleic fatty acid and linolenic fatty acid in PediaSmart® Dairy are appropriate to support a child’s growth and development.
PediaSmart® Dairy contains 1900 milligrams of linoleic fatty acid and 140 milligrams of linolenic fatty acid per 8 ounce serving.
- What is the fat source and content of PediaSmart® Dairy ?
The proprietary fat blend in PediaSmart® Dairy consists of organic high oleic sunflower and/or safflower oil, organic soybean oil, and organic coconut oil. These oils provide an appropriate level of linolenic and linoleic fatty acids that the human body can convert to DHA and ARA; fatty acids known to support brain and eye retina development. In addition, this oil blend provides a good source of mono- and polyunsaturated heart healthy fats.
All of these organic oils used in PediaSmart® Dairy are expeller-expressed. This is a natural process that basically presses the oil from high oleic sunflower and/or safflower, soybean or coconut.
Conventionally processed oils use hexane solvents to extract the oils. This harsh process then requires the oil to be flashed with fire to burn off the hexane solvents. Hexane residues can remain in the finished oils. We believe that hexane has no place in a child’s diet – even if only a residue. Also, USDA organic rules prohibit the use of solvent-extracted vegetable oils. So PediaSmart® Dairy would not be labeled organic if we selected conventionally processed vegetable oils.
PediaSmart® Dairy contains 9.4 grams of fat per 8 ounce serving.
PediaSmart® Dairy contains 1900 milligrams of linoleic fatty acid and 140 milligrams of linolenic fatty acid per 8 ounce serving.
- Does PediaSmart® Dairy meet the American Heart Association’s guidelines on fat composition?
The American Heart Association suggests keeping total fat intake between 30 to 35 percent of calories for children 2 to 3 years of age and between 25 to 35 percent of calories for children and adolescents 4 to 18 years of age, with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.
PediaSmart® Dairy contains 3.8 grams of fat per 100 Calories which equates to 34% of Calories from fat and, therefore, meets the American Heart Association’s guidelines for children.
PediaSmart® Dairy contains 9.4 grams of fat per 8 fluid ounce serving.
- How many Calories per ounce does PediaSmart® Dairy contain and can it be concentrated to a higher caloric level?
PediaSmart® Dairy contains approximately 30 Calories per ounce when prepared according to label instructions.
Under the supervision of a child’s healthcare provider, PediaSmart® Dairy can be concentrated to a higher caloric value. For instructions on concentrating, please have the child’s healthcare provider contact the Registered Dietitian for Nature’s One at dietitian@NaturesOne.com
- Can PediaSmart® Dairy be used as a sole source of feeding or be fed by tube?
Under the guidance of a healthcare professional, PediaSmart® Dairy can be used as a tube feeding. The specific amount to be used daily will need to be determined based upon a child’s nutritional and medical status. Also, mixing directions should be discussed to assure that the product is prepared and fed safely and properly. PediaSmart® Dairy is not for parenteral use.
There are specific precautions to consider for tube feedings with PediaSmart® Dairy :
- Unlike ready-to-feed products, powdered formulas are not sterile. Therefore, mixing PediaSmart® Dairy should be done with great care regarding cleanliness and sterility of all measuring and mixing equipment to avoid any contamination.
- To prevent tube clogging, the mixing instructions for PediaSmart® Dairy suggest use of a whisk or blender to ensure that all of the powder is dissolved in the water.
- The recommended hang time for powder formulations, such as PediaSmart® Dairy, is no longer than 4 hours.
- Use of distilled water to prepare the PediaSmart® Dairy for tube feeding purposes is usually recommended.
- PediaSmart® Dairy is not isotonic and may require starting with a slow drip and may require attention to tolerance and monitoring of metabolic status.
As with all enteral feeding practices, please follow the Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations published on January 27, 2009 by the Enteral Nutrition Practice Recommendations Task Force and the A.S.P.E.N. Board of Directors. This publication can be found at www.nutritioncare.org/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=3128
- Can PediaSmart® Dairy be warmed or frozen?
PediaSmart® Dairy does not need to be warmed prior to consumption. However, if a child prefers a slightly warmed beverage, PediaSmart® Dairy can be heated but care must be taken to assure that it is not too hot to burn the lips and mouth. Always check the temperature of the warmed PediaSmart® Dairy before feeding it to your child. Although PediaSmart® Dairy can be warmed in a microwave safe container without affecting the nutrient quality of the product, the use of a microwave is not recommended because the liquid in the center of the container may be much hotter than the outer product and container resulting in scalding or burns.
Although freezing PediaSmart® Dairy will not affect its nutrient content, PediaSmart® Dairy should not be frozen because the physical appearance of the product will change when it is thawed making it unacceptable.
- Can ADULTS use PediaSmart® Dairy as a daily nutritional supplement?
There are presently no adult organic supplements on the market today. However, adults may use PediaSmart® Dairy as a source of extra calories and nutrients. Although the product was specifically designed to help meet the nutritional needs of young children, there are no ingredients in the product that could not be consumed by an adult. If PediaSmart® Dairy is used as a supplement to an adult’s daily diet, the amount to consume daily will depend upon the overall daily caloric and nutritional needs and can be determined in consultation with a healthcare provider. One 8 fluid ounce serving of PediaSmart® Dairy contains 240 calories. We recommend presenting our leading brand Nutritional Comparison Chart to your doctor.
- Can PediaSmart® Dairy be mixed with milk instead of water?
The mixing instructions for PediaSmart® Dairy state to use water because the protein source is organic non-fat cow’s milk. If PediaSmart® Dairy is mixed with any type of milk, the protein, sodium and other dietary components will be increased. This could potentially be a problem for children with medical challenges because of the increased renal solute load (dietary components that are excreted in the urine) and its effect on water balance in the body with the potential for dehydration.
If a healthy child with no renal issues is well hydrated and consuming adequate water throughout the day, PediaSmart® Dairy can be mixed with milk to increase calories and nutrients in the overall daily diet. We recommend a healthcare provider be consulted before preparing PediaSmart® Dairy with any liquid other than water. Mixing with milk will also require extra stirring effort in order to completely mix the powder.