Let us read your toddler formula label
Let us read your toddler formula label
The best formula product to purchase is one which has a premium blend of nutrients (including both of the important prebiotics FOS and GOS) across all stages, and which does not have maltodextrin or corn glucose syrups.
We have summarised some of the latest science on key ingredients found in formula products.
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Maltodextrin is a refined starch (artificial sugar). It is a carbohydrate and serves as an energy source.
- Formulas containing maltodextrin and glucose syrups have been found to contribute significantly more to the development of tooth decay than formulas containing only lactose.
- Foods containing non-milk sugars are potentially the most damaging to dental health.
- Glucose syrups and maltodextrins are associated with high levels of tooth decay.
- Maltodextrin also has an unwanted effect on gut bacteria, suppressing intestinal anti-microbial defense mechanisms and may be a factor in the development of chronic inflammatory bowel disease. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0101789 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4615306/
A better alternative carbohydrate source which can be used in formula is lactose. Lactose is a naturally occurring milk sugar which is the main source of carbohydrates in breast milk. Some formulas use lactose from cow’s milk as a carbohydrate, providing the energy needed in the formula. Lactose assists with mineral absorption and it does not cause tooth decay. The sugars that are potentially damaging to dental health are the non-milk sugars.
FOS and GOS
Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and fructo-oligosacchardides (FOS) are prebiotics. When added to formula products, and in comparison to outcomes for babies fed formula products without FOS and GOS supplementation, they have been shown to:
- Reduce intestinal and, possibly, respiratory infections in healthy infants during the first year of age.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19231042
- Have a beneficial effect in reducing the incidence of atopic dermatitis in a high risk population of infants https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2066015/
Vitamin B5 is a water-soluble vitamin from the B group of vitamins. It helps produce energy by breaking down fats and carbohydrates. It synthesizes and metabolizes fats, proteins, and coenzyme A and promotes healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver and supports wound healing. It is critical to the manufacture of red blood cells and important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b5-pantothenic-acid
Biotin is a complex B vitamin. All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-h-biotin
B-Carotene converts to retinal in the body. We need vitamin A for good vision and eye health, for a strong immune system, and for healthy skin and mucous membranes. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant. It protects the body from damaging molecules called free radicals. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/betacarotene
Choline is a vitamin which has a wide-ranging role in human metabolism, impacting on cell structure to neurotransmitter synthesis.
Chloride is an essential electrolyte mineral. It helps maintain a proper balance of electrolkytes in the body and is an essential component in the production of digestive enzymes.
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) supports cognitive and cardiovascular function and is essential for the growth and functional development of the brain in infants and for maintenance of normal brain function in adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10479465
L-Carnitine is an amino acid which is important for heart and brain function, muscle movement.
Taurine is an amino acid that supports neurological development and cardiovascular function. Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins.