So I figured the nutritional content of the homemade cereal, now I wanted to figure the nutritional content of the homemade yogurt (also courtesy of Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron). I’ve tried making the yogurt with soy milk, but it hasn’t been successful. So, I make his yogurt with whole milk and I add 1/3 cup dry milk to the 7 day supply and 1 Tbs ground flax seed to each serving. I’ll compare it to regular whole milk yogurt because Gerber and Beechnut only make yogurt mixed with fruit.
By the way, you should definitely feed your baby whole milk yogurt – not the skim stuff. The brain lives off fat so your babies fat content should be much higher than yours since their brain is taking in so much. That is better than a Baby Einstein tape any day 🙂
The store bought yogurt is in ().
Calories 80 (40)
- Total Fat 4 g (2 g)
- Potassium 55 mg
- Carbs 7 g (3 g)
- Sugars 5 g (3 g)
- Fiber 2 g
- Protein 5 g (2 g)
Vitamin A 6% (2%)
Vitamin C 2% (2%)
Calcium 16% (10%)
Vitamin D 10%
I didn’t really think there would be much of a difference in this, but I guess there is. The dry milk and flax adds a lot. I did change the % DV to baby requirements so they are different than the adult % DV’s you will find on the package.
The homemade yogurt is twice as high in calories and 45% fat (a good number for your baby). It is higher in sugar by number, but the % is lower. Sugar makes up 71% of the carbs in the homemade yogurt vs. 100% in the store bought version. The homemade version is higher in fiber and protein. Only the homemade cereal is a source of Vitamin D, Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Potassium, and Iron and it is offers a higher percentage of Vitamin A and Calcium. It offers an equal amount of Vitamin C.
The store bought yogurt has half as many calories and is also 45% fat (a good number for your baby). It is lower in sugar by number, but higher by % since sugar is 100% of the carbs. It does not have any vitamins/nutrients that the homemade version doesn’t also offer and it does not have a higher amount of any nutrient compared to the homemade version although it is equivalent in Vitamin C.