Sunday, April 12, 2009

Probiotic Straws

One probiotic product on the market for children, Nestle Boost Kid Essential, uses a 'probiotic straw' to deliver the 'healthy bugs'. The straw contains Lactobacillus reuteri, one of the Lactobacillus species that has been used safely for many years as a probiotic dietary supplement. One study found that in infants fed a formula supplemented with L reuteri they had fewer and shorter episodes of diarrhea. But the drink also contains other essential vitamins and minerals. For instance, each serving provides 3.4 mg of iron and 290 mg of calcium, two shortfall nutrients in our childrens diets. I'd certainly consider giving this to my child if they were sick and couldn't hold down food, or if they were a picky eater.


  1. How much refined sugar are contained in these drinks? I haven't seen these "Kid Essentials" at the grocery store but my guess is they are loaded with refined sugars.

  2. Good question. It contains sucrose rather than high-fructose corn syrup and 33 grams of carbohydrates yes it contains sugar but I think this is comparable to other yogurt drinks.