In this edition of “Ask the Expert,” Dr. Antonio T. Caceres answers questions from several Go West readers. Dr. Caceres has been a member of the practice at New Beginnings Pediatrics in Geneva since 2006. He is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He obtained his Doctor ofMedicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines and graduated cum laude. After completing his internship and pediatric residency training at Christ-Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn, Ill., he attended theUniversity of Illinois at Chicago Hospital from 1999 to 2001 for a clinical fellowship in Neonatology. “Dr. Tony,” as he would like his patients to call him, is a big Chicago Bears fan and enjoys his free time with his three sons. His areas of interests are asthma, allergy and neonatology.
Q. My 6-year-old daughter loves the liquid yogurt Danimals. Is that a suitable substitute for milk?
A. Those liquid Dannon Danimals are simply irresistible. They taste good, they look good. They are, however, not a substitute for milk. The reason is that they only contain 1/3 the amount of calcium found in an average cup of milk. Calcium is important for healthy bones. One advantage that liquid Danimals do have is that they are low in saturated fats and cholesterol, and therefore recommended for kids who are slightly to moderately overweight, but who (also) love to drink milk.