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  • Complete Organic Nutrition

  • Nothing Artificial

  • Meets 100% Dietary Recommended Intake (DRI)

  • 12.7 oz can makes approx 56 fl oz when reconstituted


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PediaSmart® is the First Organic Beverage to Provide Complete & Balanced Nutrition.

Kids Love the Flavor!
PediaSmart® is the Smart Organic Choice™ offering excellent nutrition as a healthy beverage, quick breakfast and for a child in need of added calories. Available in organic chocolate and organic vanilla flavors, PediaSmart® is recommended for children ages 1 through 13 years. PediaSmart® is the ONLY organic beverage on the U.S. market offering complete organic nutrition. This beverage has been scientifically formulated to meet or exceed 100% of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins & minerals and can be used as a sole source of nutrition under the supervision of a healthcare professional.*

PediaSmart® contains 29 vitamins & minerals and 7 grams of protein; it is rich in calcium promoting strong bones and teeth. Instead of artificial sweeteners, PediaSmart® uses a proprietary blend of organic simple and complex carbohydrates. Kids benefit by receiving a steady supply of ready energy without artificial stimulants. In addition, the essential fatty acids used in PediaSmart® are from pure organic vegetable oils. PediaSmart® is free of life'sDHA™, which is processed with hexane solvent, acid and bleach. Oils processed with hexane solvent may cause food sensitivities and should not be found in any organic product.

PediaSmart® is gluten-free and suitable for lactose intolerance. This product is a milk based beverage, but the lactose or milk sugar has been removed using a special enzyme process. This is good news for children who may be lactose sensitive or lactose intolerant.  PediaSmart® is a good source of nutrition for children who suffer from chronic illness, growth failure, injuries or during recovery from surgery †† – or just picky eaters.

Nature’s One® commitment to organic goes beyond government regulations assuring only natural and organic flavors with no artificial colors or sweeteners, genetically modified ingredients, pesticides, added growth hormones or hexane processed oils.

Compare the nutrition in PediaSmart® Organic Dairy Nutritional Beverage to other conventional nutritional beverages.
PediaSmart® Dairy Nutritional Comparison Chart - Supplements
PediaSmart® Dairy Nutritional Comparison Chart - Breakfast Brands

Not intended for infants less than 12-months of age.
†Do not use for children with the genetic disorder galactosemia.
††May be used in a feeding tube under the supervision of a healthcare professional.

Recommended Age: PediaSmart® is recommended for children ages 1 through 13 years. This product is not intended for infants less than 12-months of age.

Serving Options: PediaSmart® is best when served chilled. Parents may also blend with crushed ice for a shake like beverage. Blend various fresh fruits with PediaSmart® Vanilla to offer a fruit flavored beverage.

Breakfast: PediaSmart® is a good option for children who tend to skip breakfast. This beverage has been scientifically formulated to function as a meal replacement providing the appropriate blend of protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins & minerals that will help a child start their morning strong.

Snack: Most snacks and beverages for children are loaded with artificial flavors, colors and sweeteners and contain corn syrup or even high levels of caffeine. Consider PediaSmart® as a nutritious after-school snack instead of traditional snacks like soft drinks and chips. A child will consume 255 calories drinking an 8oz serving of Coke® with a 1oz single serve bag of potato chips. Compare this to 240 calories of an 8oz serving of PediaSmart®, which includes protein, good fats, calcium, amino acids and vitamins & minerals.

Sports: PediaSmart® provides great nutrition for child athletes before practice or games. PediaSmart® is well tolerated as it is easily digested and provides long lasting energy.

Medical Food: PediaSmart® is a good source of nutrition for children who suffer from chronic illness, growth failure, injuries or during recovery from surgery. PediaSmart® is nutritionally comparable to conventional nutrition beverages such as PediaSure®. It has been formulated to meet or exceed 100% of the Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and can be used as a sole source of nutrition and in a feeding tube under the supervision of a healthcare professional. The specific amount to be used daily will need to be determined based upon a child’s nutritional and medical status. This product is gluten-free and suitable for lactose intolerance.

Not for children with the genetic disorder galactosemia.
Allergen Information: Contains dairy and soy.
PediaSure is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories.
Coke is a registered trademark of The Coca-Cola Company.


Vitamin A

This is important for the development of bones and teeth and helps maintain the gums. It is essential for night vision, healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. It is sometimes referred to as the anti-infective vitamin because it is required for the proper functioning of the immune system and helps prevent infection.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 160.6 IU (per 100 calories) or 400 IU (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good animal sources of Vitamin A include: milk and dairy products, organ meats such as liver.
Good plant sources of the pro Vitamin A carotenoids include: deep yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and dark green leafy vegetables.

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Vitamin D

This is also known as cholecalciferol or Vitamin D3, is often called the sunshine vitamin because of the body’s ability to make it from the interaction of the sun on the skin. Vitamin D is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D also helps the body properly utilize calcium and phosphorus for the proper functioning of the nervous system.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 50.7 IU (per 100 calories) or 120 IU (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources:
fortified milk, cheese, eggs, some fish such as sardines and salmon, and fish oils.

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E protects Vitamin A and the essential fatty acids from oxidation in the body. It is needed for the proper functioning of nerves and muscles and helps to form red blood cells, muscle and other tissues.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 2.3 IU (per 100 calories) or 6 IU (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources:
poultry, seafood, green leafy vegetables, egg yolk, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, whole grains.

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Vitamin K

Vitamin K: There are three types of Vitamin K:

• Vitamin K1 is used in PediaSmart® Dairy . It is known as phylloquinone or phytonadione, which is found in plants.*
• Vitamin K2 or menaquinone which is synthesized by many bacteria.
• Vitamin K3 or menadione which is a synthetic form.

Vitamin K helps the blood to clot when the body is injured and is important in bone development and repair.

In newborn infants, there is a life threatening and preventable bleeding disorder known as Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB). This is the reason why it is standard practice to give all newborns an injection of phylloquinone after birth.

*PediaSmart® Dairy: 5.9 mcg (per 100 calories) or 16 mcg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources:
green leafy vegetables, pork, liver, oats, wheat bran, whole grains.

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Biotin

Biotin is part of the B-complex of vitamins. It is thought to play a role in cell growth and is important in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates (sugars), and some amino acids (the building blocks of protein).

PediaSmart® Dairy: 19.0 mcg (per 100 calories) or 45 mcg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources:
eggs, meats, fish, nuts, seeds, dried beans and peas (legumes).

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Folic Acid

Folic acid, sometimes called folate or folacin or Vitamin B9, works with Vitamins B6 and B12 in protein metabolism. It is needed to make genetic material (DNA and RNA). It promotes normal red blood cell formation and reduces the risk of neural tube (brain and spine) birth defects. This is one reason why a folic acid supplement is recommended during pregnancy.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 30.0 mcg (per 100 calories) or 60 mcg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources:
poultry, liver, dark green leafy vegetables, dried beans and peas (legumes), yeast breads, wheat germ, cereals, oranges, grapefruits.

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Niacin

Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid, niacinamide, or Vitamin B3, is found in every cell of the body. It is necessary for energy production and to maintain the normal functioning of skin, nerves and the digestive tract. It can be manufactured by the body from the amino acid tryptophan. However, the amount needed by the body will usually exceed the amount that the body can produce and it is necessary to consume niacin from foods.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 1.0 mg (per 100 calories) or 2.0 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: poultry, fish (especially tuna and salmon), beef, peanuts and peanut butter, seeds, potatoes.

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Pantothenic Acid

Pantothenic acid is also known as Vitamin B5. It is involved in numerous chemical reactions in the body and is essential for the metabolism of fat and sugars. Pantothenic acid is also involved in the manufacture of chemicals that regulate nerve functions.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 1.0 mg (per 100 calories) or 2.5 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: meat, fish, poultry, egg yolk, whole grain cereals, dried beans and peas (legumes).

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B Vitamins

Riboflavin: also known as Vitamin B2, is found in every cell of the body and is needed for energy production. It also helps to maintain vision and the metabolism and proper functioning of skin and nerve cells.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 0.2 mg (per 100 calories) or 0.5 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: milk and dairy products, enriched breads, eggs, meats (especially organ meats like liver), green leafy vegetables, grains.

Thiamin: This is also known as Vitamin B1 and is important for the normal functioning of the nervous system. Thiamin also participates in the body’s ability to use protein and sugars for energy production.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 0.3 mg (per 100 calories) or 0.6 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: whole grain and enriched grain products, pork, seafood, cereals.

Vitamin B6: This can also be referred to as pyridoxine or pyridoxal. This vitamin influences many body functions including the regulation of blood sugar levels, the manufacturing of hemoglobin in red blood cells which carries oxygen to all body cells, and the functioning of the nervous system. As protein intake increases, so does the body’s need for Vitamin B6. Also, an adequate Vitamin B6 intake decreases the requirement for niacin from food sources because it aids in the conversion of tryptophan to niacin.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 0.3 mg (per 100 calories) or 0.6 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: chicken, fish, pork, liver, whole grains, cereals, spinach, sweet and white potatoes, bananas, prunes, watermelon.

Vitamin B12: This is also known as cyanocobalamin because it contains the mineral cobalt. It is crucial in the reproduction of every cell in the body because it is needed to make DNA, the genetic material required for life. Vitamin B12 is essential for normal growth, healthy nerve tissue, and the formation of blood cells.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 0.6mcg (per 100 calories) or 1.5 mcg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: All foods of animal origin (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk and other dairy products) and seafood.

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C has received a lot of attention because of its major role in the body as an antioxidant, a substance that prevents damage to cells from free radicals and pollutants, and as a protector against infections, particularly the common cold. Vitamin C plays a role in nerve transmission, tissue repair, the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids, and the enhancement of iron absorption. Vitamin C is used by the body to make collagen, the connective tissue in skin, ligaments and bones.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 10.1 mg (per 100 calories) or 24 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: citrus fruits, berries, melon, peppers, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, plaintains, tomato and tomato products.

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Inositol

Inositol is not a true vitamin because the body can manufacture what it needs. However, it is often considered a water-soluble member of the vitamin B family. Inositol works with choline to help transport fat from the liver. It also helps maintain cell membranes and is involved in the proper functioning of the nervous system.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 8.0 mg (per 100 calories) or 20 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: liver, soybeans, eggs, whole grains, nuts, bananas, vegetables.

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Choline

Choline is not a true vitamin because the body can manufacture small amounts of it. However, it must be consumed from foods to meet overall body needs especially during times of rapid growth and development such as pregnancy, lactation, infancy, and early childhood. Choline is an essential nutrient necessary for the structure and function of all cells in the body.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 30.0 mg (per 100 calories) or 83 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: beef liver, egg yolk, peanut butter and peanuts, soybeans and soy products.

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Calcium

Although the major function of calcium is the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth, it is also needed to keep the heart pumping, muscles moving, and nerves communicating. Calcium helps regulate the passage of nutrients in and out of cells, assists in normal blood clotting, and is important to normal kidney functioning. PediaSmart® Dairy contains 230 milligrams of Calcium and 200 milligrams of Phosphorus per 8 ounces. The calcium and phosphorus in PediaSmart® are properly balanced at a ratio of 1.2:1.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 97.2mg (per 100 calories) or 250 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: milk and dairy products, fish with edible bones (such as sardines and salmon), oysters, tofu, dark leafy green vegetables.

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Phosphorus

This teams with calcium to aid in bone and teeth formation, kidney function, and heart contraction. The balance of calcium and phosphorus is important in the body, especially in infancy, to ensure that the team works together well in keeping the body’s chemical balance. PediaSmart® Dairy contains 230 milligrams of Calcium and 200 milligrams of Phosphorus per 8 ounces. The calcium and phosphorus in PediaSmart® Dairy are properly balanced at a ratio of 1.2:1.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 84.5 mg (per 100 calories) or 200 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: milk and dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, dried beans and peas (legumes).

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Magnesium

This works with calcium and Vitamin C to maintain bone health. It is also necessary for energy production, the making of proteins used by the body to make cells and genetic material, the transmission of nerve impulses, the contraction and relaxation of the muscles, and maintaining the delicate electrical balance of all body cells.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 19.9 mg (per 100 calories) or 40 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: soybeans and soy products, nuts, whole grains, dried beans and peas (legumes), green vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, shellfish.

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Iron

As blood passes through the tiny air sacs in the lung, oxygen attaches itself to the iron in the blood. That’s how oxygen is carried to all parts of the body. Iron combines with protein and copper to make hemoglobin, a necessary component of red blood cells that carries oxygen to the cells. Iron also is a component of myoglobin, a protein that stores oxygen specifically in muscle tissue. Approximately 90% of iron in the body is conserved and reused every day.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 1.4 mg (per 100 calories) or 3.3 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: meat (especially organ meats like liver), dried fruits (raisins, apricots), nuts, green leafy vegetables.

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Zinc

This is needed for cell growth and repair, digestion and metabolism of nutrients, and is vital to the development of the reproductive organs. It also helps regulate the body’s immune response to infection and aids in wound healing.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 0.6 mg (per 100 calories) or 1.5 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: beef, liver, oysters, wheat germ, beans, nuts.

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Selenium

In combination with Vitamin E, selenium works as an antioxidant to help maintain a healthy heart. Selenium provides elasticity to tissues and helps cells to defend themselves against damage from oxidation. Selenium also aids in the proper functioning of the pancreas.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 3.2 mcg (per 100 calories) or 7 mcg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: seafood, poultry, egg yolks, whole grain breads and cereals, eggs, mushrooms.

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Copper

This is necessary for the absorption and utilization of iron in the body. Copper has an important role in the making of red blood cells and nerve fibers. It also works with Vitamin C to form elastin, a chief component of muscle fibers in the body. Copper is involved in hair and skin coloring, sensitivity to taste.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 0.1 mg (per 100 calories) or 0.20 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: Organ meats like liver, lobster, nuts, dried beans and peas (legumes), barley, prunes.

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Iodine

This is probably best known for keeping the thyroid gland healthy. It is also involved in metabolizing fats and in regulating energy production.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 9.7 mcg (per 100 calories) or 23 mcg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: iodized salt, seafood.

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Manganese

This is used by the body as a preferred cofactor in several important enzyme systems and is essential for a healthy tendon and bone structure. It is necessary for the metabolism of thiamine and Vitamin E and helps to maintain the health of the immune and nervous systems.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 0.2 mg (per 100 calories) or 0.36 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: whole grains and cereals, nuts, leafy vegetables, molasses, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and tea.

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Chromium

Chromium: iis a trace mineral needed by the body for the metabolism of carbohydrates by enhancing the action of insulin. It is also involved in the metabolism of fats and proteins. Chromium is called a trace mineral because the human body only needs small amounts. The estimated safe and adequate intake of chromium for children 1 to 3 years of age is 11 micrograms (mcg) per day; for children 4 to 8 years of age, 15 mcg per day; and for children 9 to 13 years of age, 25 mcg per day for boys and 21 mcg per day for girls. Chromium deficiency is extremely rare but has occurred in situations where total parenteral nutrition (intravenous or IV nutrition) is the sole source of nutrition.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 3 mcg (per 100 calories) or 7.2 mcg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: whole grain products, green beans, broccoli, grape juice, and some spices such as garlic and basil.

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Molybdenum

Molybdenum: is a trace mineral needed by a number of enzyme systems in the body to aid in the breakdown of foods. It is present in tooth enamel and may help to prevent dental caries.

A deficiency of molybdenum is rare and has only been seen in patients with Crohn’s disease who were on long term total parenteral (intravenous) nutrition with no added molybdenum.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 3.59 mcg (per 100 calories) or 7.5 mcg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: cereal grains, nuts, legumes, eggs, sunflower seeds and green beans.

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Potassium

This is an electrolyte and works with sodium to regulate the body’s waste balance, transmit nerve impulses, and regulate muscle contraction including the heart muscles. It is essential for metabolism and the release of insulin. In infants and young children who have diarrhea or vomiting, an oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance®, containing a balance among sodium, potassium and chloride is usually recommended to help prevent the body from becoming dehydrated due to a deficiency in these electrolytes.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 131.0 mg (per 100 calories) or 310 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: bananas, citrus fruits, dried fruits, deep yellow vegetables, potatoes, milk, bran cereal.

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Sodium

The primary role of sodium in the body is to maintain fluid balance. Sodium is an electrolyte and works with potassium and chloride to conduct electrical currents in the body and keep tissue fluids in balance.

A deficiency of sodium is rare but loss of sodium through diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating can cause dehydration, muscle cramps, weakness, and headaches. This is especially critical in infants and young children and the reason for use of an oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance®, with a balance of sodium, potassium and chloride when a child has diarrhea and vomiting.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 38.0 mg (per 100 calories) or 90 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: salt, milk, processed foods such as luncheon meats.

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Chloride

This is an electrolyte and helps to maintain fluid balance in the body and also is a component of the stomach juices (hydrochloric acid) needed for digestion of foods.

A deficiency of chloride is rare but loss of chloride through diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating can cause an upset in the body’s fluid balance resulting in dehydration. In infants and young children who have diarrhea or vomiting, an oral electrolyte solution, such as PediaVance®, containing a balance among sodium, potassium and chloride is usually recommended to help prevent the body from becoming dehydrated.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 101.4 mg (per 100 calories) or 270 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: salt, milk, processed foods such as luncheon meats.

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Carbohydrate

Carbohydrates are one of the crucial dietary sources of energy that support the brain, enable muscular contractions, and provide the fuel necessary to support a child’s growth, activity level, and learning capability. So it is important for a child to get adequate amounts of carbohydrates each day from good food sources.

Each gram of carbohydrate provides 4 calories. Carbohydrates are sometimes simply called sugars or starches. They are classified scientifically as monosaccharides, disaccharides, or polysaccharides.

Monosaccharide is a one molecule sugar (referred to as a simple sugar or simple carbohydrate). Examples are glucose (sometimes called dextrose), fructose (sometimes called fruit sugar), and galactose. Glucose is the major fuel needed by the body for energy. This is why intravenous fluids (IVs) used in medical situations contain glucose (dextrose).

Disaccharide is made up of two monosaccharides (referred to as a simple sugar or simple carbohydrate). Lactose (sometimes called milk sugar) is made by the joining of one glucose molecule with one galactose molecule. Sucrose is made by joining one molecule of fructose with one molecule of glucose. The body breaks down disaccharides into monosaccharides and then converts these to glucose providing needed energy for the body. PediaSmart® Dairy contains organic evaporated cane sugar which is a natural source of sucrose used by the body to help meet energy needs. PediaSmart® Dairy is suitable for lactose intolerance.

Polysaccharide contains more than two sugar molecules. Examples of polysaccharides include organic rice maltodextrin, as is found in PediaSmart®Dairy, organic rice syrup, corn syrup, molasses, and starches. Polysaccharides are often called complex sugars or complex carbohydrates.

Simple sugars are quickly digested and absorbed by the body into the bloodstream providing a quick source of energy. As sugar levels rise in the blood, the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin. Insulin is needed to move the sugar from the blood into the cells where the sugar is then used for energy. When this process goes fast, a feeling of hunger will more likely occur sooner. When it occurs slower, the body appears to be satisfied from hunger longer. Simple sugars usually cause blood sugar levels to rise quicker than complex sugars and increase the production and release of insulin by the pancreas. If the sugar in the bloodstream is not used by the body for energy, then it is stored as fat.

The longer the carbohydrate length, the slower the body breaks it down and, thus, the slower the absorption of the sugar from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream. This slower digestion process is better for the body. If there is a slower absorption of the sugar, there is a slower release of insulin. Also, a slower digestion lets the body utilize the longer length sugars like organic rice maltodextrinfor energy and there’s less potential for the sugar to be converted into fat.

Carbohydrates in PediaSmart® Dairy consist of a blend of organic rice maltodextrin and organic evaporated cane sugar. This combination offers the benefits of having both a simple sugar for quick energy and a complex sugar for a steadier supply of energy. This blend of sugars also gives PediaSmart® Dairy a not too sweet but delicious flavor accepted by children.

Organic Rice Maltodextrin is a bland tasting carbohydrate, is one-fifth as sweet as sucrose, and provides minimal sweetness to PediaSmart® Dairy. Organic rice maltodextrin is made from organic whole rice using a natural hydrolysis process without the use of acids, alkalis or sulfites.

Organic rice is grown by certified organic rice growers without synthetic fertilizers, synthetic pesticides, and growth regulators. The organic growth process relies on crop rotations, legumes, green manures, mineral bearing rocks and biological pest control to maintain healthy soils, provide the rice plants with nutrients, and minimize insects, weeds and other pests. The organic rice maltodextrin is sourced from California where the rice fields serve as an important wetland habitat for resident birds and waterfowl and also as a wintering ground and food source for migrating ducks and geese from Canada and Alaska.

Organic evaporated cane sugar is a minimally processed organic sweetener with a light tan natural color and a neutral pleasant flavor which can be used as a substitute for refined white sugar. The organic evaporated cane sugar has a higher sweetness level than organic rice maltodextrin, but offers the benefit of being organic and not highly processed like table sugar or corn syrup.

Organic evaporated cane sugar is not bleached or decolorized like refined white table sugar and is non-GMO. It is derived from organic sugar cane grown under strict organic guidelines. The land must be free of herbicides, pesticides and chemicals. When the mature organic sugar cane is ready for harvest, it is "green cut" rather than burned to prevent pollution. Furthermore, "green cut" harvesting results in the tops and leaves of the plant being left in the field to return nutrients to the soil. A natural ground cover for weed control also results. This type of farming has a positive impact on the environment.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 13.1 g carbohydrate (per 100 calories) or 31.4 g (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources Complex Carbohydrate: brown rice, grain products, pasta, bread, potato.

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Protein

Proteins are essential to life and are necessary for the body’s manufacturing and maintenance of all cells and tissues, including organ and brain development, and the making of essential body constituents such as hormones and enzymes. If excess protein is consumed and not needed by the body, it is converted to fat and stored by the body as a potential future energy source. Each gram of protein provides 4 Calories.

Proteins are made up of amino acids; there are 20 amino acids. PediaSmart® Dairy provides all of the essential and non-essential amino acids needed to support growth and development.

The protein source in PediaSmart® Dairy is organic milk protein concentrate which is 82% casein and 18% whey. Organic milk protein concentrate is produced from organic skim milk through a process involving filtration, evaporation and drying. No harsh chemicals are used during processing. Organic milk protein concentrate is also pasteurized to assure that the product contains no pathogenic organisms. The organic skim milk used is from organic dairy herds that do not receive any antibiotics or growth hormone stimulants. Another feature of organic milk protein concentrate is it retains a nice amount of calcium from the organic skim milk thus helping to meet a child’s calcium needs for growing bones.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 3.0 grams protein (per 100 Calories) or 7.4 g (8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: Animal meats, fish, dairy products, soybeans, legumes, nuts.

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Taurine

Taurine is a non-protein amino acid. It is involved in the formation of bile acids which are needed for fat absorption. It is also involved in the prenatal and postnatal development of the central nervous system and the visual system.

Taurine is classified as a conditionally essential amino acid because a deficiency of taurine in the diet can result in impaired fat absorption, bile acid secretion, retinal function and liver function, all of which can be reversed by taurine supplementation. Taurine deficiency can occur in preterm infants not receiving a taurine supplemented formula or in infants, children or adults receiving the majority of their Calories from a total parenteral nutrition (TPN) solution (a solution being fed intravenously into a large vein). For most infants, children and adults, taurine deficiency or insufficiency is not a concern. However, it is added to PediaSmart® Dairy to ensure the correct amount of this non-essential amino acid in a child’s overall diet.

PediaSmart® Dairy: 7.2mg taurine (per 100 Calories) or 18 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: shellfish and meats, especially organ meats such as liver

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L-Carnitine

L-Carnitine is a conditionally essential nutrient which the body can manufacture from the amino acids lysine and methionine. It is considered conditionally essential because there may be certain situations when the body is unable to manufacturer adequate amounts. Carnitine deficiency can occur in certain medical conditions or when the diet is deficient in lysine and methionine. In most normal, healthy situations, however, the body can make adequate quantities of carnitine. Carnitine helps the body to convert fatty acids into energy. When carnitine is added to a product, only the L-isomer of carnitine can be used by the body. .

PediaSmart® Dairy: 1.2 mg (per 100 Calories) or 4 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: red meats, dairy products, fish, poultry, wheat, asparagus, avocado, and peanut butter.

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Fatty Acids

The term “lipid” refers to compounds including oils, waxes, animal fats and triglycerides that do not dissolve in water. Lipids are most commonly referred to simply as fats.

Fats constitute the principal structural material of all living cells and are an important source of energy. Healthy skin and hair are maintained by fat. Fat also helps the body absorb and move the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K through the bloodstream. Dietary fat intake provides needed essential fatty acids to the body. These essential fatty acids are linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These are fatty acids that the body cannot make and which must be derived from foods.

Fats provide 9 Calories per gram, more than twice the amount of energy provided by a gram of carbohydrate or protein. An excess of dietary Calories provided by carbohydrates, proteins or fats will be stored in the body as adipose tissue. Adipose tissue serves as insulation for the body’s cells and organs but an excess of fat can lead to overweight and obesity.

Triglycerides are the chemical form of fats that exist in foods as well as in the body. Animal fats, such as butter and lard, tend to be solid or semisolid at room temperature and are more saturated than fats from plant sources. Fats from plant sources are usually liquid at room temperature and are called oils. Most plant oils are made up of unsaturated fatty acids with the exception of coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils. There are two types of unsaturated fats:
• Monounsaturated fats: Examples include olive and canola oils.
• Polyunsaturated fats: Examples include fish, safflower, sunflower, corn, and soybean oils.

Fats are an important nutrient for infants and young children. They are needed to support growth, development and energy needs. A child who is not eating or drinking foods with adequate amounts of essential fatty acids can develop a fatty acid deficiency. This is one reason why healthcare professionals strongly advise against the use of skim or low fat milks during early childhood. Signs of an essential fatty acid deficiency include poor growth, scaly skin lesions, dry brittle nails, dandruff, and lack of hair luster.

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.

All of these organic oils are expeller-expressed. This is a process that basically presses the oil from the sunflower and/or safflower, soybean or coconut. Conventionally processed oils use hexane solvents to extract the oils. Hexane is a petroleum by-product of gasoline refining. 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: 3.9g total fat (per 100 Calories) or 9.4 g (per 8 fluid ounces) 625 mg linoleic acid (per 100 Calories) or 1500 mg (per 8 fluid ounces) 73 mg linolenic acid (per 100 Calories) or 175 mg (per 8 fluid ounces)
Good Food Sources: nuts, seeds, grains legumes, vegetables and their cold-pressed oils.

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Scoops Enclosed

We are now making BPA-Free scoops available to all customers by enclosing scoops in each canister. We found that 76% of customers surveyed want a scoop enclosed in each can.

Mixing Instructions

PediaSmart® Dairy is best when served chilled. Parents may also blend with crushed ice for a shake like beverage. Blend various fresh fruits with PediaSmart® Dairy Vanilla to offer a fruit flavored beverage.

Because PediaSmart® Dairy comes in powder form, parents can control the consistency of this beverage. If a child prefers a "thinner" milk-like consistency, add one more ounce of water to each single serving. For children who require specific calorie consumption, need added calories or are using a feeding tube, seek guidance from your healthcare professional before changing the dilution of PediaSmart® Dairy.

Preparation Instructions
  • Add water in a glass or container then gradually stir in PediaSmart® Dairy powder using a hand whisk or blender.
  • Mix until dissolved.
  • Best when served chilled. Makes a great smoothie when blended with ice and/or fruit.
PEDIASMART SCOOP* (1 scoop = 17 grams)
To Make: PediaSmart® Dairy Powder: Add Water:
8 fl oz 3 Level Scoops 7 fl oz
56 fl oz Entire Can 49 fl oz
*Scoop enclosed in canister. Fill to the top of the scoop.

"Dry" Measuring Cup
To Make: PediaSmart® Dairy Powder: Add Water:
8 fl oz ½ Cup 7 fl oz
32 fl oz 2 Cups 28 fl oz
56 fl oz Entire Can 49 fl oz

Storage Instructions
  • Cover prepared PediaSmart® Dairy and refrigerate. Use within 72 hours to preserve vitamins.
  • Store container in a cool, dry place.
  • Avoid extreme temperatures.

Ingredients & Quality

Visit our indepth HelpCenter for Ingredients and Quality to learn more about the high quality ingredients used in PediaSmart® Dairy Chocolate
 

Product Reviews

  • Mom of Twins

    By Andrea

    This product is amazing! My girls love the flavor and they just cant get enough of it. I love the peace of mind I get from giving this product to them knowing is from a great source. Thank you Nature One!

  • mrs

    By detra d.

    The flavor is great. Unfortunately I cant get my 20 month old to drink much of anything. I will keep trying to st least finish the can though. I can say I am pleased with the product and would recommend it to others.

  • Mother

    By Sabra

    Wonderful product for my 2 year old who eats very little. Has helped her gain and maintain weight

  • Amazing - helped our underweight son gain!!

    By Elizabeth

    My daughter is a fantastic eater so when my son was old enough to start eating solids I was baffled that he wouldn't eat well. After he turned one he stopped gaining well and I was very concerned - that's when I started researching options. My husband and I decided to go with Natures One and he has done FANTASTIC! We give him one shake a day (I actually mix it with milk to add calories) and he has gained several pounds in the past few months. His pediatrician and myself are beyond happy about this and he loves the drink so it's never a problem getting him to drink it!

  • Great

    By brandy

    Only nutritional supplement I will give to my autistic child

  • Highly recommended for picky eaters!

    By Amanda

    My daughter has never had a good appetite, and she doesn't eat enough to get the nutrients she needs. To supplement her diet, we give her her morning "shake," and she loves it. She started off on the soy one, as she was lactose intolerant, but graduated to the milk-based one at about 2 years of age. She has maintained a healthy weight and never complains about drinking it. We have been using it since she was weaned at 12 months, and she is 4 1/2 now. We love it, and after little brother got a taste of it, he loves it, too. I am extremely pleased with the ingredients. PediaSmart is an excellent alternative to the more junky/chemical-laden alternatives.

  • Mother

    By Sabra

    My daughter has always been a horrible eater since we stared solid foods and periodically goes off food completely. This she will always drink!

  • Mr

    By Mario

    Excellent

  • My son drinks it with no whining!

    By Lynn

    My son has been on multiple medical beverages like this. Pediasure 1.5, regular pediasure, neocate, and another meal replacement powder. We wanted to get away from the high levels of corn syrup and GMO ingredients in the other brands, and are so happy to have found this organic version with the same levels of minerals, vitamins, etc as a pediasure product. (We'd found it a long time ago, but at that time it was absolutely necessary to give him at least 350 cals/8oz.) I ordered the trial can last week, prompt shipping, and my son is doing great with it. He didn't notice the difference at all from his meal replacement powder we'd been using recently. Like a prior reviewer, we have also started mixing it with organic whole milk to up the calories and good fat content. Mixes well with both milk and water (using a shaker bottle). Price per serving is highly comparable to similar products too.

  • Worth every penny

    By EJ and K's mom

    My 3yr old son will not touch a vegetable. We have tried everything. He detects the slightest hint of a vegetable and spits it out. He will not even eat "unhealthy" veggies like mashed potatoes. What kid doesn't eat that? So I was very excited when I found this product. (While ordering baby formula to supplement while nursing his baby sister). He gets so much of he necessary vitamins that he is lacking. He did think it tasted different than regular chocolate mix BUT he still liked it. I have even started drinking it too. I figured that it couldn't hurt and I needed all the extra vitamins and calories while breastfeeding. One does have to stir it for a while to get it smooth and it does have a bit of a coconut taste or some sort of specific taste in there. But It is really yummy and worth it for my growing kids.

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