“As a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and mother of a child with severe Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome (FPIES) to dairy protein, I am so grateful for Else Toddler. My daughter’s FPIES was diagnosed following severe, delayed vomiting and lethargy following dairy protein ingestion, after IgE allergy was ruled out. This was so scary, and also really limited our formula supplementation options. Although I desired to breastfeed exclusively, her growth curve and gross motor development began slowing down. I knew she needed supplemental nutrition in addition to my breastmilk and early solids. This was such a challenging place to be in because the ingredients of conventional infant non-dairy formula options did not meet my personal quality desires. Infant and toddler nutrition is so foundational to lifelong health and I wanted to give her the highest quality I could find. I am so grateful that Else Nutrition provides an organic, clean, gentle, dairy/soy free alternative. My daughter tolerates and enjoys Else Toddler wonderfully. With supplementation, and as she increased on solids, her growth curve caught back up to an appropriate rate for her genetic heritage, and she began exceeding developmental milestones. It brings me so much peace to see her now thriving!"
-Hannah Smith, DNP, ARNP, PNP-PC | Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
"As a pediatrician, I frequently provide nutritional advice, and address parents’ concerns about their child’s diet. Although some children eat a wide variety of foods, others are more selective, and can be disagreeable at mealtimes. Vegetables seem to be the least favorite food group, and many children consume very carbohydrate-heavy diets. In these cases, some parents attempt to fill their child’s nutritional void by giving a supplemental kids beverage. Currently available products are marketed as a way to “provide vitamins” or to “help your kid grow.”
During my discussions with parents, I have discovered that they believe these claims. They assume that these beverages are nutritious, and appropriate to offer when their child refuses a meal. What parents fail to realize, however, is that the majority of the current options contain an excessive amount of sugar. Not all are fortified with vitamins, and many are low in protein or fiber. Except for situations where an illness or a developmental disorder impairs the ability to eat food, I have not recommended that parents give the currently available beverages to their children. The high sugar content does not outweigh their deceptively marketed nutritional value. Too much sugar in the diet contributes to obesity, and often affects a child’s behavior. I have heard parent complaints of their child becoming “hyper” or having difficulty sleeping after consuming one of these beverages at dinnertime.
However, there is finally a better product coming to the market: Else Kids Shakes. Its developers have found a way to make a great tasting supplemental beverage that is low in sugar. Unlike other options on the market, it is minimally processed. Its protein is uniquely sourced from almonds and buckwheat, and it is fortified with many essential vitamins and minerals. While still not a meal replacement, I feel that Else Kids Shakes are a more nutritious option for parents who choose to give their child a supplemental beverage."
- Leah Alexander, MD | Pediatrician
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