The ingredients in Vanilla PediaSure(from the Abbott website):
8oz and 240 calories:
Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Canola Oil, Soy Protein Isolate. Less than 0.5% of the Following: Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Cellulose Gel, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate, Tuna Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Phosphate, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Monoglycerides, Potassium Hydroxide, m-Inositol, Carrageenan, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Lutein, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Sodium Molybdate, Phylloquinone, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin.
CONTAINS MILK AND SOY INGREDIENTS.
GLUTEN-FREE; KOSHER; HALAL; SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN WITH LACTOSE INTOLERANCE†
First, NOT GMO free or organic. Odds are that the vitamins are synthetic and GMO corn tainted. I wonder how much Round Up is residual in each serving?
Second, the second and third ingredients are sugar. Though considering the first ingredient is water? That is a lot of sugar. Corn. It doesn't identify what type of sugar? GMo beet?
Third "natural flavoring and artificial flavoring"- anyone with the ability to google knows that is not considered "nutritious". Natural flavoring "could" include MSG which we all know that is not nutritious.
Fourth neither soy or dairy free- which are top 10 allergens in the pediatric population. I suspect that within the population of chronically ill children that this would be recommended to there is likely a higher percentage with food allergies and sensitivities. Then canola oil? They can do better.
There are a few other ingredients like carrageenan which are known to be difficult for sensitive stomachs. Or Cellulose gel or cellulose gum or soy lecithin they are not nutritious and not something I want in my child's food.
Not to mention who knows how many other chemicals each item was exposed to during processing?
They have labeled this as "a nutritional drink" for children.
Until Pediatricians/Drs. put their foot down and demand better quality nutrition for our children and quit endorsing something that I think is junk food in a bottle as "nutritional" we will continue losing the battle to provide safe food for our children.
If this product is recommended for children with poor health or poor nourishment? We are in big trouble.
Just because I could not resist I had to also list the ingredients for something a Pediatrician would call "junk food"
6.5 oz and 100 calories
water, high fructose corn syrup, whey (from milk) and less than 2% of: nonfat dry milk, natural and artificial flavors, sodium caseinate (from milk), corn syrup solids, calcium phosphate, dipotassium phosphate, palm oil, guar gum, xanthan gum, mono and diglycerides, salt, soy lecithin, sucralose, niacinamide (vitamin b3), vitamin a palmitate, riboflavin (vitamin b2), vitamin d3, red 40, blue 1, red 3
Minus a few vitamins, some oils, plus just a couple extra unsavory ingredients- there is not a whole lot of difference certainly not enough to justify calling one "nutritious" and the other "junkfood".
We need to do better, especially for children who lack proper nutrition or have health issues.
How about some Go-gurt?
Go-Gurt Strawberry Splash contains cultured pasteurized grade-A low-fat milk, sugar, modified food starch, kosher gelatin, tricalcium phosphate, natural and artificial flavor, potassium sorbate, red #40, vitamin A acetate, blue #1 and vitamin D3.
Dannon Fusion Smoothie?
Grade A Cultured Pasteurized Reduced Fat Milk, Sugar, Water, Strawberries, Tricalcium Phosphate, Corn Starch-Modified, Natural Flavors, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Vegetable Juice and Annatto (for color), Sodium Citrate, Malic Acid, Potassium Sorbate (to maintain freshness), Stevia Leaf Extract (natural sweetener), Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3.
Borden chocolate Milk:
Ingredients: Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Nonfat Dry Milk, Corn Starch, Cocoa, Cocoa (processed with Alkali), Salt, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3.
We can do better.