To create the Growing Years™ organic products portfolio, we partnered with pediatricians to identify key nutrients for growing kids and toddlers. Every delicious serving provides 50mg of DHA Omega-3, choline, and prebiotics.
Growing Years milk, yogurts, and smoothies deliver nutrition kids need, with the delicious organic dairy they love. Available in whole milk and reduced fat half-gallons and whole milk 8-once singles, along with lowfat yogurt pouches and cultured dairy smoothies.
DHA Omega-3 is in the Omega-3 fatty acid family, and it supports brain and eye health. Our bodies can make some omega-3 DHA from ALA but the conversion is not efficient, meaning omega-3 DHA is best consumed from what we eat and drink.
DHA is found in most human body tissues, with the highest amounts in the brain, nervous system and retina of the eye.1 In the brain, DHA is involved in with neuronal signaling. In the eye, DHA is necessary to maintain good vision.2 DHA Omega-3 is recognized by doctors and nutritionists as an important part of a healthy diet.
According to the Institute of Medicine, choline is an essential nutrient, and that’s why we’ve added VitaCholine™ to our milk. Although our bodies make some choline, our diets supply the majority.
Choline has an Adequate Intake recommendation set by the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine. Choline aids in the transport and synthesis of lipids (or fats), and it helps transport DHA throughout the body. It’s like a DHA delivery truck.
Prebiotics are dietary fiber that feed friendly gut bacteria. (Prebiotics are different than probiotics, which are generally strains of live bacteria.)
Calcium, Protein, and Vitamin D
Growing Years™ milk, yogurt, and smoothies have both calcium and vitamin D to support strong bones and teeth. And every serving of Growing Years™ milk has 8 grams of protein too.
Certified organic, Growing Years™ milk comes from pasture-raised cows that eat an organic, non-GMO diet and are never treated with antibiotics or added hormones.3 Our family farmer partners steward their land without toxic, persistent pesticides.
1. Lauritzen, L, Hansen HS, Jørgensen, MH T. B. Mikkelsen. The essentiality of long chain n-3 fatty acids in relation to development and function of the brain and retina. Prog Lipid Res. 2001 Jan Mar;40(1-2):1-94.
2. Caler, P.C. The role of DHA in the first 1,000 days. Ann Nutr Metab 2016; 69(suppl 1):8-21.
3. Per National Organic Program regulations. Organic rules prohibit the use of pesticides that are harmful to human health.
Resources for parents
DHA & Choline
There are other important nutrients for growing children, such as choline and the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA. Explore why pediatricians chose DHA and choline. Learn more >
The Transition to Whole Milk
Whole milk offers your little one a wide range of nutrients including high-quality protein, a fat source important for growing brains, vitamin D, and calcium. Learn more >