Understanding all of the ingredients in infant baby formula may be challenging and confusing so here are some ingredients to look out for in infant formula.
All baby formula needs fat but there are good fats and bad fats.
- Nutritional similarities to palmitic acid, a nutrient found in breast milk
- Contains vitamin E and beta-carotene, vision development
- Prevents vitamin A deficiency
- Natural fat, brings balance into the cardiovascular system with its combination of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.
- High in vitamin K, good for bone health and helps blood coagulate
- Nutritionally inferior
- Can cause constipation
- Does not absorb as well in infants (fat and calcium)
- Decreased bone density
- Less absorbed energy
- Bad for the environment, destruction of rain forests
The best organic baby formula from Europe uses one of two different carbohydrates in their ingredients: lactose and maltodextrin, one comes from milk and the other from plants. Bimbosan and Bébé MANDORLE use only organically produced maltodextrin.
- Easy to digest
- Balances sweetness, energy and thickness
- Slower in releasing energy, babies will feel satisfied longer
- the amount is small enough to be beneficial to your baby's nutritional needs
- Infants with type 1 diabetes, high glycemic index, which means it can spike blood sugar when consumed in large amounts but keep in mind that there is only a small amount in each serving
- Concerns about artificial sweeteners and too much sugar in their baby's food
- Concerns that it has no major benefit to the formula except as the filler
There is no such thing as organic soy-based infant formula in Europe
- Used for babies that suffer from dairy intolerance
- For babies with galactosemia (a rare metabolic disorder) who can't consume milk with the sugars lactose or galactose
- For strict vegetarian who doesn't breastfeed
- Contains a relatively high level of aluminum causing reduced bone mineralization in preterm babies
- Genetically modified and highly processed
- Reduced or low fat, not usually a good choice until a child is at least two years old
- Contains high levels of plant-derived estrogens, could in theory affect a child's reproductive organs and maturation
Unfortunately, most dairy-based formulas contain soy oils or lecithin.
- More likely to cause digestive issues
- A source of allergies.
GOOD FOR YOUR BABY
Lactose is naturally sweet and comes from milk. Bimbosan currently has no maltodextrin in stage 1, using lactose instead.
- Helps the body absorb calcium better
- Good for skin and hair
- Some may be allergic for coconut
- Easier to digest
- Rarely a source of allergies
Hope this post helps you! Ultimately it's what you feel comfortable giving your child and other circumstances. We can't have it all but we all try the best we can for our children. I will keep you all posted on any updates and/or innovations in the infant formula world!