Yogurt can be a very healthy food or candy bar depending on which you are feeding your baby. It’s packed with potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins B2 and B12, protein and vitamin D as well as probiotics, the healthy bacteria is beneficial to the digestive system of both adults and babies alike.
One cup of yogurt contains 400 milligrams of calcium, more than milk, and will provide more potassium than a banana, however because off all the added stuff this ends up not being so healthy after all.
Sugar should NEVER be the 2nd ingredient in any food you are feeding your baby..
Yogurt is another example where manufacturers have taken a healthy food and made it into an unhealthy treat, by adding a ton of sugar, artificial flavors and colors, extenders and fillers and preservatives that it almost could double as a candy bar.
Yogurt can be a wonderful additional to your kids diet but it will depend on the type you provide.
My suggestion is that if you have the time try making yours at home using a starter kit from your local farmers market or co-op. If that is not an option, here is what is important when buying mainstream commercial yogurt. Go with plain organic yogurt with nothing else added to it, for example no sugar, fillers, preservatives, color etc
At our home we buy plain organic yogurt (grass fed if animal base and non-GMO for plant base) and sweeten it with raw honey or 100% maple syrup, we add fresh or frozen fruits (for your baby you can add puree fruits (Yummy Spoonfuls)
Again just to reiterate my point, yogurt can be either a healthy addition to your kids everyday diet or a once in a while indulgence depending on your choices..
Here is what is on my label.. Organic pasteurized whole milk, live yogurt cultures, only TWO ingredients