There are a growing number of organic formulas out there, but yet, parents are still choosing European formulas. Why is this?
–Ingredients: European formulas use a very limited number of ingredients & only what is needed for infant growth. In the USA, consumers have been convinced that adding things such as DHA as synthetic ingredients is a good thing. When in Europe, they know better, that adding just essential fatty oils will promote actual brain growth.
Besides this, infants are delicate; their bodies were designed to digest breast milk. When breast milk is not possible, the next best thing is a limited ingredient so the body does not start to reject the formula. Many babies experience colic, digest upset & allergies while on American formulas and in many cases this is due to the reacting negatively to the formula.
–Corn Syrup: Corn syrup has been the proven cause of many current epidemic health issues in the United States such as type 2 diabetes, obesity & cardiovascular disease. Even in the case with Organic formulas, this may not be a GMO, it is still a synthetic artificial sweetener & it shapes bad eating habits due to the addictive nature. However, European formulas choose lactose instead & when using lactose in formulas, it is as sweet as what’s found in mom’s milk but the body recognizes it and metabolizes it as normal sugar. Parents may find babies to be just overall more satisfied & sleeping better when using European formulas, as their bodies are not going thru intense elevated blood sugar episodes.
-Brown Rice Syrup: Many parents believe this is a far better solution is a corn syrup based formula. This is indeed a step up but not a better solution. They’re a huge concern with rice syrup as studies have found there to be six times the US EPA safe drinking water limit. Besides this, rice syrup is hard for the body to digest. Many parents have found their infant to suffer from severe constipation when using formulas containing brown rice syrup. It is also again, a unnatural sweetener.
–MSG: We all know it lurks in Chinese food. But have you ever wondered why infants drink that yucky tasting formula that stinks to high heaven? MSG sends a signal to the brain to say “give me more”. It also promotes over eating. European made formulas naturally taste good & smell good, there is no need to trick babies into drinking it.
-Carageenen: The European nation banned Carageenen from their infant formulas. It has been proven to cause inflammation in the gut & colon cancers. It is added to ready to feed formulas as a stabilizers so no shaking is needed.
-Preservatives: The European formulas we sell do not ever contain preservatives. This is one more ingredient that is just not needed. Sure the formulas have a shorter shelf life but they are also created in small batches.
-Quality of life for the animals: Happy cows equal good quality milk. The milk used to make these formulas is from cows that are on grass pastures. The animal is naturally able to produce milk & breed, therefore, there is never a need for hormones (to create more milk) or antibiotics (to heal sick cows from eating foods that are toxic to their bodies such as corn)
There is no such thing as the perfect formula, but we can confidently say that the formulas we carry the best in the world. Every baby has different needs & their bodies react differently to different formulas. This is why we carry 4 different brands of formulas so you can make a informed choice about which formula might be better for your infant.
How do I pick a formula?
Deciding which formula to choose can be overwhelming. However, if your infant is not experiencing any allergic reactions to formulas, here are some questions to consider when choosing….
Do you want to avoid maltodextrin? Holle uses a maltodextrin that has starch like properties and yet doesn’t taste sweet. Because of the shorter chain length it is easier for babies to digest than the starch itself would be, while still serving its purpose of providing energy. Starches, including maltodextrin, release their energy slower than sugars. This means that two different baby milks with the same amount of energy per portion can release that energy at different rates. Holle uses a maltodextrin that is slower releasing which means that their formula can help a baby feel satisified for longer. Certain internet sources often suggest that maltodextrin is used merely as a ‘filler’ and that it is a sugar or sweetener – neither of which is necessarily the case. Holle uses maltodextrin in their baby milks, not just because it is easy for babies to digest and releases energy at a slower rate, but for another very specific and very sensible reason. Holle didn’t use maltodextrin they would need to add more lactose in order to comply with the legal requirements for energy levels. That would, in fact, make the baby milks and formulas much sweeter in taste. Holle want to avoid having their milk taste too sweet. Not encouraging a lifetime tendency to having a sweettooth from the beginning, seems to me, to be a very sensible thing to do.
If you are trying to avoid maltodextrin, we would suggest:
Do you want to avoid palm oil? Some European formula companies use Palm oil as a fatty acid for brain growth. It is a much more natural choice then synthetic DHA. If you have done any research on this topic, the chances are good that your found warnings regarding saturated fatty acids and promotion of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids. However, infants under a year old metabolize nutrients differently than adults and older children. Fatty acids contained in human breast milk are mostly saturated. To closely mimic the composition in human breast milk and to meet legal requirements, Holle relies on the use of palm oil in the fat mixture for their infant formulas. Palm oil is one of very few vegetable oils rich in saturated fatty acids. Many other vegetable oils are high in mono or polyunsaturated fatty acids. Using palm oil in the mixture with rapeseed oil and sunflower oil, offers your baby a complete, wholesome profile of fatty acid and meets all of his or her nutritional requirements.
If you are trying to avoid palm oil, we would suggest:
Do you want to avoid soy lecithin? The soy used in some Hipp products is not like your standard soy used in American formulas. The soy used is called soy lecithin. Soy lecithin is a waste product left after producing soy oil–it is extracted from the oils of the soy beans shell. The protein that is contained in soybean is largely removed from soy lecithin because of this, and soy lecithin is considered a different substance from soybean. Soy lecithin is a natural emulsifier for infant milks, meaning, it is a substance that allows the “stable emulsion” of oil and water. It prevents the mixture from separating. Especially the Ready-Made products need an emulsifier. Soy lecithin is used in hundreds of processed foods, everything from candy bars to cookie dough. It is considered a natural and safe emulsifier. Also keep in mind, any ingredients HiPP milks are organically derived from non-GMO sources. Actual soy infant milks are made with the soybean protein. The concern with actual soy formula is its high phytoestrogenic quality.
If you are trying to avoid soy lecithin, we would suggest: