PediaSmart Soy Vanilla Ingredients & Quality

Vanilla PediaSmart® Soy Ingredients: Organic Rice Maltodextrin, Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar, Organic Soy Protein Concentrate, Organic High Oleic Oil (Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Organic High Oleic Safflower Oils), Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Vanilla, Contains Less Than 1%: Calcium Phosphate, Natural Flavors, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Magnesium Chloride, Organic Soy Lecithin, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Phosphate, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Ferrous Sulfate, Biotin, L-Carnitine, Calcium Pantothenate, Calcium Carbonate, Niacinamide, Vitamin A, Vitamin K1, Zinc Oxide, Cholecalciferol, Thiamin Mononitrate, Manganese Sulfate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12, Potassium lodide, Sodium Selenate, Folic Acid. 

Allergen Information

Contains soy and milk

Free of Gluten, and Corn Syrup. Made without GMO ingredients and contains no palm olein oil, no hexane processed oils, and no peanut.


Brand Carbohydrate Source
PediaSmart® Soy Vanilla Organic Rice Maltodextrin
Organic Evaporated Cane Syrup
Bright Beginnings® Soy Vanilla Sugar (Sucrose), Maltodextrin (Corn)

PediaSmart® Soy does not contain table sugar (refined white sugar). The sources of carbohydrate in PediaSmart® Soy are organic rice maltodextrin and organic evaporated cane syrup. This proprietary carbohydrate blend in PediaSmart® Soy provides a steady supply of energy without any artificial stimulants.

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

The organic evaporated cane syrup 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. This combination of organic rice maltodextrin and organic evaporated cane syrup gives PediaSmart® Soy its pleasant, but not too sweet, flavor enjoyed by children.

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.

Organic evaporated cane sugar, a simple 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. Organic evaporated cane syrup is not bleached or de-colorized like refined white table sugar. Organic evaporated cane syrup comes from organic sugar cane grown under strict organic guidelines. The land must be free of herbicides, pesticides and chemicals. It is non-GMO. 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.

Essential Fatty Acids

Brand Essential Fatty Acids Source
PediaSmart® Soy Vanilla Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Organic High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Coconut Oil
Bright Beginnings® Soy Vanilla High Oleic (Safflower or Sunflower) Oil, Soy Oil, Medium Chain Triglycerides

The proprietary fat blend in PediaSmart® Soy consists of organic high oleic sunflower and/or safflower oil, organic soybean oil, and organic coconut oil. These oils provide an appropriate level of alpha-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. In addition, this oil blend provides a good source of mono- and polyunsaturated heart healthy fats.

All of these organic oils used in PediaSmart® Soy are expeller-expressed. This is a natural process that basically presses the oil from the high oleic sunflower, soybean or coconut.

Conventionally processed oils use hexane solvents to extract the oils. 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® Soy would not be labeled organic if we selected conventionally processed vegetable oils. Coconut oil is a source of medium chain triglycerides, an easily digested type of fat. PediaSmart® Soy contains organic coconut oil rather than processed medium chain triglycerides.

The amounts of linoleic fatty acid and linolenic fatty acid in PediaSmart® Soy are appropriate to support a child’s growth and development:

DHA & ARA Fatty Acids

Brand DHA Fatty Acid Source
PediaSmart® Soy Vanilla N/A
Bright Beginnings® Soy Vanilla DHA Algal Oil (a source of Docosahexaenoic Acid)

PediaSmart® Soy contains the precursor essential fatty acids, linolenic acid and linoleic acid, which the body uses to make the non-essential fatty acids, DHA and ARA. The body cannot make the essential fatty acids and they must be supplied by ingesting foods containing them. The amounts of linoleic fatty acid and linolenic fatty acid in PediaSmart® Soy are appropriate to support a child’s growth and development.

Other nutritional beverages add DHA to their product that is derived from algae.  The process used to make the DHA from the algae uses hexane solvents, acid and bleach.* This source of DHA made by Martek Biosciences Corporation (now a part of the Dutch company DSM) is also known as DHASCO® (DHA Single Cell Oil) or life’sDHA. We are concerned about the serious issues raised by the Cornucopia Institute regarding this particular source of DHA and would never use an ingredient like this in our products. For additional information about the concern over this algal source of DHA, you may wish to visit the Cornucopia Institute’s website at

*Sam Zeller, Ph.D.; Martek Biosciences Corporation, Food & Drug Administration Agency Response Letter, GRAS Notice No. GRN 000137

Soy Protein

Brand Soy Protein Source
PediaSmart® Soy Vanilla Organic Soy Protein Concentrate
Bright Beginnings® Soy Vanilla Soy Protein Isolate

The protein source in PediaSmart® Soy is organic soy protein concentrate. Organic soy protein concentrate is produced by using organic soybeans from which the bran, carbohydrates (sugars), and most of the soy oil have been removed using a natural water extraction process. This process is allowed by the USDA National Organic Program and is unlike the production of soy protein isolates, which undergo a lengthy manufacturing process using chemicals such as acid, alcohol or hexane. No harsh chemicals are used during the processing of organic soy protein concentrate. PediaSmart® Soy retains the natural benefits of the whole soybean protein as nature intended. We believe this provides balance among the vitamins and minerals naturally found in our soy protein. Most formulas and complete nutrition beverages contain soy protein isolates that chemically remove all the naturally occurring components of the soybean except the protein, manganese and phytoestrogens. Of course, because of these processes, soy protein isolates are never organic! The organic soy protein concentrate used in PediaSmart® Soy is highly digestible and well tolerated. It is a complete protein that can serve as a sole source of protein intake for adults and children.

Rev 1-6-2020

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