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By Connie Liakos, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD,
The soybean is a nutrient-dense food that offers many health benefits that can contribute to the growth and development of children. Soyfoods can contribute several important nutrients to the diets of children such as protein, essential fatty acids, calcium, potassium, and folate.
By Beth Smolko, DMSc, PA-C
In clinical practice, I am often asked about the nutritional value of non-dairy plant milks (NDPMs). This question usually comes up during office visits when the parents have religious or dietary preferences which exclude dairy or when toddlers and young children have cow’s milk protein allergy or lactose intolerance. Although many people are indeed lactose intolerant, some research shows that even those with this condition can tolerate some milk as long as intake is spread throughout the day. Fortunately, there have been many studies and comprehensive reviews over the past few years comparing the nutritional value of NDPMs with cow’s milk that can be of assistance to clinicians in providing patients and their families with the best evidence-based guidance.
By Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN (@LeahMcGrathRDN)
When the typical shopper strolls -- or rushes -- down the aisles in their supermarket, they may notice a myriad of colors and labels on packaged items. The color of packaging may lead some to think a certain food item is healthy because the packaging is green, or perhaps they are attracted to a fun snack in a red or orange package. Package claims like “low fat,” “plant-based,” “organic,” and “non-GMO” abound.
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