Science & Research
There has been an increased trend in families seeking alternatives to cow’s milk-based products for their children. Healthcare professionals should be aware of the differences among available products as many traditional alternative milks are not nutritionally equivalent as a substitute for cow’s milk. Professional organizations have taken various positions regarding this topic; thus, healthcare professionals should be aware of accompanying nutritional concerns. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Heart Association (AHA) published a consensus statement in 2019 addressing healthy beverage consumption in early childhood, heeding against plant-based cow’s milk alternatives due to the lack of nutritional equivalence. NASPGHAN took a slightly different position on this topic and published a consensus statement recognizing the need for appropriate plant-based cow’s milk alternatives.
Else products for toddlers and kids address concern of both consensus statements by providing complete nutrition supplements, plant-based with real minimally processed whole foods, meeting the highest standard for nutrition.
Plant based infant formulas have been evaluated extensively and have been shown to be nutritionally adequate, However, what about balanced feeding after the age of one or two years old? Market demand for plant-based solutions increases (whether if due to lifestyle, allergies and intolerances or sustainable preferences) and plant-based drinks have become available for toddlers. This paper discusses the use of planted-based toddler drinks, since they are a valuable and progressively more popular alternative for cow’s milk. Those plant-based solutions include Soy Based, Rice Based and Other Plant Based (such as almonds and buckwheat) Drinks and Formulas. The authors conclude that Plant-based drinks that are nutritionally adapted to the requirements of toddlers are a suitable alternative for cow’s milk to ensure a balanced dietary intake in toddlers.
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