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Sound Nutritional Science
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy formula was introduced more than a decade ago as the very first organic baby formula in the U.S. Baby’s Only Organic is scientifically formulated to meet the nutritional standards established by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Quality Organic Nutrition
Nature’s One® recognizes the importance of providing your baby with the highest quality formula possible. Our company sets its ingredient standard beyond “organic” by sourcing only the best organic ingredients, including milk from organic family farms. Baby’s Only Organic is manufactured in the U.S.A.
The Best Organic Start
Nature’s One believes breast milk is the baby’s best organic option. Baby’s Only Organic is not intended for infants under 1-year of age unless specified by a healthcare professional. After formula feeding or breast feeding the first year, Baby’s Only Organic formula is a good choice. Baby’s Only Organic contains all of the nutrition needed to support continued normal growth and development. We recommend that you present this Dairy Nutritional Comparison Chart to your doctor for guidance on finding the best nutritional options for your baby.
Compare Us to Other Brands
Parents should be aware that other organic formulas use less desirable ingredients like organic corn syrup (also called glucose syrup), organic palm olein oil and hexane processed DHA. Rest assured that Baby’s Only Organic will never contain these ingredients. Nature’s One only uses high quality ingredients.
Meets FDA Nutrition Requirements
Baby’s Only Organic formulas meet the nutritional requirements of the FDA’s Infant Formula Act. Please review this Nutritional Comparison Chart to learn about the FDA’s specifications.
Nature’s One® recommends that parents resist switching their baby's diet from breast milk to milk once s/he reaches that 12-month benchmark. Rather, offer Baby's Only Organic® as a beverage throughout the day to provide the energy and nutrients needed to support an active toddler. Cow and goat milk fail to provide the complete nutrition and critical fatty acids as found in Baby's Only Organic® Toddler Formulas. Baby's Only Organic® is recommended up to 3-years of age. For toddler’s who need added calories or have developed taste buds and require more flavor, consider offering PediaSmart®.Infants
Baby’s Only Organic formula is not intended for infants under 1-year of age unless specified by a healthcare professional. While acknowledging a baby's medical history, your doctor is in the best position to discuss nutritional options that meet your baby's specific needs. Baby's Only Organic meets the nutritional requirements of the FDA's Infant Formula Act. We suggest that you print this Organic Nutritional Comparison Chart and/or Nutritional Comparison Chart and present it to your doctor. The chart compares commonly fed beverages for young children including breast milk, cow's milk, infant and toddler formulas. The FDA's Infant Formula Act's nutrient requirements for an infant formula are also shown.Supplementing Breast Milk
Occasionally mothers who are breast feeding need temporary help supplementing their breast milk. Baby's Only Organic® can be used to supplement breast milk as directed by a healthcare professional. For all ages, mix according to label instructions to ensure appropriate nutrition.Mixing Cereals
When mixing cereals or other foods for your baby, Baby's Only Organic® is perfectly suited at any age. Just follow the mixing instructions on the label, and then stir into cereal or food to achieve desired consistency.
- Can my infant use Baby’s Only Organic® toddler formula?
Baby’s Only Organic is not intended for infants under 1-year of age unless specified by a healthcare professional. After formula feeding or breast feeding the first year, Baby’s Only Organic formula is a good choice. Baby’s Only Organic contains all of the nutrition needed to support continued normal growth and development.
Baby’s Only Organic® formulas meet the nutritional requirements of the FDA’s Infant Formula Act. You may wish to print this Dairy Nutritional Comparison Chart and/or Organic Nutritional Comparison Chart and present it to your baby’s doctor.
For all ages, prepare Baby’s Only Organic® according to label instructions.
- BPA Testing and No BPA Used in Packaging for Baby's Only Organic® Formula.
Testing Concludes BPA Undetected
Nature's One® has finalized BPA testing on its powdered formula (produced in 2009) using a third-party laboratory. The testing method is 10-times more sensitive than the current test used by the FDA. As expected, no BPA was detected in Nature's One® formula products.
Packaging does not contain BPA
With the help of Nature's One® suppliers, all components of our packaging used in 2010 do not contain BPA. This includes the new "easy-open" lid that once used an epoxy based resin. Nature's One® will be introducing new light-weight canisters and "easy-open" lids for all Baby's Only Organic® formulas and PediaSmart® nutrition beverages produced in 2010.
Environmentally Friendly Packaging
Our new canisters are good for the environment because they are recyclable and on average contain 50% recycled content. Additionally, the canisters are light weight since they are made of paperboard instead of tin. This reduces environmental waste and energy used in manufacturing and transportation. The canister's metal top and bottom are also recyclable. Again, all components of the packaging are BPA-free.
As an organic manufacturer, Nature's One® is concerned over the level of chemicals ingested by infants, toddlers and children and will always use the highest quality ingredients and materials available to produce and package its organic pediatric products.
- Is it dangerous to dilute Baby's Only Organic® formula?
Baby's Only Organic® formula should always be mixed according to label instructions to ensure that the proper balance of water to nutrients is given to an infant. Some parents or caretakers may think the formula is too "thick" and needs to be diluted or they may be trying to "stretch out" the powdered formula for economical reasons by adding more water than recommended. These practices are extremely hazardous to a baby's health and can result in malnutrition because the baby is not receiving the needed calories and nutrients to support growth and development. Formula dilution is life threatening as it can cause water intoxication (over-hydration) and an imbalance of electrolytes resulting in hyponatremia or too little sodium in the baby's body. Drinking too much water basically drowns the cells because the baby's immature kidneys are unable to process the water quickly enough. Symptoms of water intoxication can include pale colored urine and an excessive number of wet diapers (more than 6 to 8 per day). Water intoxication can lead to inconsolable crying because the baby's body tissues, including the brain, swell and can cause a headache; difficulty breathing because the lungs contain too much water; irregular heart beat because the electrolytes are not in balance; seizures noted by odd facial movements, lip smacking, rhythmic jerking of a body part; coma; and ultimately death if not medically treated. Young babies will usually obtain all of the water they need from breast milk or formula and extra water is rarely needed. Always prepare baby formula and Baby's Only Organic® formulas according to label instructions and do not provide your baby with supplemental water unless directed to do so by the baby's healthcare provider.
- What if I am noticing a change in my baby’s bowel movements?
Dietary changes can affect the frequency and consistency of your baby’s stools. These dietary changes include: switching from breast milk to formula, switching formulas, and adding solid foods to the diet. Noticing a change in the stool consistency is more important than the stool frequency as it is not uncommon for babies to go several days without having a bowel movement. It can take up to a week for a baby’s digestive system to “learn” a new food. The stools of breastfed babies are usually soft and more “mushy” whereas formula fed infants have slightly firmer stools. The stools of breastfed babies are also more frequent than babies on formula. Grunting and grimacing during a bowel movement are often just baby’s way of experiencing the use of the various muscles associated with having a bowel movement.
If stools are hard and dry when passed and the baby is showing signs of pain and cries while trying to have a bowel movement, constipation may be suspected. Whenever constipation is suspected, it is always best to consult with your child’s healthcare professional to ensure that nothing medically is taking place.
Any of the following signs may indicate constipation:
- dry, hard stools and pain on passing them
- hard, pebble-like stools passed with straining during a bowel movement
- drawing legs up on the abdomen, grunting, getting red-faced, and/or crying when trying to have a bowel movement
- streaks of blood along the outside of the stool
- abdominal discomfort and distention along with hard and infrequent stools
- vomiting when trying to have a bowel movement
You might also try the following to prevent and treat mild constipation:
- Prepare the formula using the instructions on the manufacturer's label. Each manufacturer has its own recipe and processing methods, which result in the powdered formula having different densities. So it is important to use the manufacturer’s scoop rather than using a scoop from another formula brand. Be sure to use the appropriate amount of water with the powdered formula; otherwise the formula will become overly concentrated and could cause problems such as constipation. If you are using teaspoons and tablespoons to measure the powder, please be sure to use the measuring spoons one would use for baking and not household eating utensil spoons.
- Feed smaller volumes of formula more frequently. One saying that may help is “feed half as much twice as often.”
- If your child is in a very hot environment, one to two ounces of water offered between breast milk or formula feedings may help.
- Massage baby’s tummy by starting at the belly button and then massaging outwards in a circle in a clockwise direction. Only continue this if your child enjoys the massage and is comfortable and relaxed.
- Place your child on his or her back and move his or her legs in a bicycling motion. Hold the legs and turn them gently in a cycling motion.
- Give your child a bath in warm water. This may relax your child so stools are passed more easily. Once your child is relaxed in the bath, try massaging the tummy as noted above.
- Discuss with your healthcare provider the possibility of using probiotics to help alleviate symptoms.
- Do not use honey with an infant because of the risk of botulism.
- Do not use over-the-counter medicines without first checking with baby’s healthcare professional.
If after consulting with your child’s healthcare professional and lactose intolerance is suspected to be the cause of constipation, Baby’s Only Organic® LactoRelief Formula may be an option. If the constipation is a result of a cow’s milk protein intolerance, Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula may help given that it is lactose and dairy free. If your doctor recommends a probiotic, consider Baby’s Only Essentials® Probiotic Supplement.
- Why should infants not drink cow's milk?
The nutrient composition of cow's milk is specific to a baby calf and not to a human baby. Cow's milk has a higher level of protein to meet the rapid growth needs of calves. This level, called the renal solute load, is too high for a human baby and could overload a baby's kidneys resulting in serious health problems. It is harder to digest and could also cause intestinal blood loss. Cow's milk contains butterfat which is a very saturated fat and also more difficult to digest. As is commonly known, animal saturated fat contributes to heart disease. Butterfat also does not provide the appropriate amounts or balance of essential fatty acids. Although the carbohydrate in cow's milk is lactose, the same type of carbohydrate in mother's milk, the level is lower than in breast milk. Cow's milk is also deficient in iron, which could result in iron deficiency anemia. It is also lacking in copper, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
Human breast milk is the ideal food for a human baby. For those infants who cannot or do not receive breast milk, the first choice of formula is a dairy-based formula, like Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula, made from cow's milk that has been modified to better suit the nutrient needs of a baby. Human milk serves as the model for the composition of an infant formula, but formulas at present still do not contain many of the unique compositional features of breast milk. Breast milk contains hormones, immunologic agents, essential fatty acids, and enzymes to help with digestion.
Modifications that are now made in cow's milk to make an infant formula closer in nutrient composition to breast milk include:
- Reducing the protein content. Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula is made with organic non-fat dried cow's milk at appropriate levels for an infant or toddler.
- Replacing the butterfat in cow's milk, which is highly saturated, to a proper mixture of vegetable oils that provide the appropriate balance of saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula is made with organic high oleic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, and organic soybean oil. This blend also provides the correct balance of the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid needed by the body to make DHA and ARA. These fatty acids are important for brain function and visual acuity.
- Adding appropriate carbohydrates to bring the total carbohydrate content closer to mother's milk. The carbohydrate composition of Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula consists of 63% organic brown rice syrup and 37% naturally occurring lactose which comes in with the organic non-fat dried cow's milk.
- Adding some vitamins and minerals in the appropriate amounts needed by an infant to grow and develop.
Although human milk and cow's milk contain cholesterol, formulas at present do not contain cholesterol until additional research is done to document the safety and efficacy of doing so. We do not add cholesterol to the blend of organic oils we use to meet the fatty acid requirements and they do not naturally contain cholesterol. There is currently no recommendation on the amount of cholesterol to be fed during infancy. In fact, the Academy of Pediatrics has not issued any statement regarding whether cholesterol should be added to infant formula. Cholesterol is made by the body in the liver and the intestinal tract and infants have the ability to manufacture amounts needed to support growth and development.
Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula contains all of the nutrients in the appropriate amounts needed for an infant and toddler to grow and develop and is preferred over cow's milk during early childhood. Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula fully complies with the nutrient composition requirements of the U. S. Infant Formula Act enacted by the government to ensure that infants receive safe and appropriate infant formulas. Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula also meets the guidelines of the Academy of Pediatrics on nutrient composition of infant formulas.
If a parent is considering use of whole cow's milk because of difficulties with formula or for cost reasons, this may signal a greater importance to seek guidance and receive proper nutritional advice appropriate for an infant. Consult the infant's healthcare professional for advice.
- Why should infants not drink goat's milk?
In the United States, goat's milk is gaining popularity because goats eat less and occupy less grazing space than cows and also because goat's milk is thought to be more easily digested and less allergenic than cow's milk. Although goat's milk may theoretically have some advantages over cow's milk when it comes to allergies, scientific studies have not found a decreased incidence of allergy with goat's milk.1 Just like cow's milk has a nutrient profile needed to support a growing calf, the composition of goat's milk meets the needs of a growing goat kid, but not that of a human baby.
Goat's milk has a slightly higher protein content and more potassium, phosphorus, sodium and chloride than cow's milk. These amounts (known as the renal solute load) found in both goat's milk and cow's milk are higher than found in human milk and could overload an infant's developing kidneys and result in serious health problems. Goat's milk acidosis has been reported in the scientific literature and is most likely a result of the high protein level.2 There are questions too about the possible insufficient levels of the amino acids tryptophan and cysteine in goat's milk.3 Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins needed to make body cells and organs.
The fat in goat's milk is lower in essential fatty acids than cow's milk. The types of fats in goat's milk differ from both cow's milk and human milk. Goat's milk butterfat, just like butterfat from cow's milk, is an animal fat that is more difficult to digest than the fat in human milk. As is commonly known, saturated animal fat can contribute to heart disease. Goat's milk does not contain the types or amounts of saturated fat, monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat of human milk. The right proportion of these fats is necessary to ensure brain, organ, and tissue development. Fat is also used for energy to fuel a baby's growth, along with carbohydrates.
The type of carbohydrate in goat's milk is lactose, similar to human milk and cow's milk, but like cow's milk it is lower than the amount of lactose found in human milk. Carbohydrates are needed for energy to fuel growth during early childhood.
Goat's milk is deficient in iron, folic acid and Vitamin B6, all nutrients needed during early childhood to prevent anemia.
Goat's milk should not be used as a substitute for an infant formula or as a supplement to breast milk. Like cow's milk, goat's milk can cause intestinal irritation and anemia.
Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula is based on modified cow's milk and has been formulated to ensure the correct balance of all nutrients for an infant. Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula fully complies with the nutrient composition requirements of the U.S. Infant Formula Act enacted by the government to ensure that infants receive safe and appropriate infant formulas. Baby's Only Organic® dairy formula also meets the guidelines of the Academy of Pediatrics on nutrient composition of infant formulas.
Infant formulas are designed to be as close to mother's milk as possible to provide the appropriate nutrition for babies during the all important first year of life. Of course, mother's milk is always the preferred feeding and infant formulas are available for those situations when breast milk is unavailable. The appropriate amounts and balance of nutrients in the first year are critical to good growth and development.
If a parent is considering use of goat's milk because baby is having difficulty with formulas, this may signal a greater importance to seek guidance and receive proper nutritional advice appropriate for an infant. Consult the infant's healthcare professional for advice.
- When should my baby switch from formula to milk?
Most doctors recommend transitioning from formula to cow milk after a baby’s first birthday. However, parents should consider Baby's Only Organics® as it is an iron-fortified nutritional formula that provides the essential vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fatty-acids and carbohydrates needed to support your baby's continued growth and development.
Baby’s Only Organic® is not intended for infants under 1-year of age unless specified by a healthcare professional.
For mothers who are breastfeeding a baby older than 12-months of age, Baby's Only Organic® can be used to supplement breast milk or substitute breast milk feedings as needed. Baby's Only Organic® can also be reconstituted according to package directions and used to mix cereals for the baby at any age.
Baby's Only Organic® has been formulated according to the nutritional requirements as defined in the law called the Infant Formula Act.
- Does Baby's Only Organic® contain DHA & ARA?
There are two basic groupings of fatty acids called (1) essential fatty acids or "precursor fats" (as found in Baby's Only Organic® pediatric formulas) and (2) non-essential fatty acids which can also be "preformed fats" (as found in Baby's Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Supplement* and Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula with DHA & ARA).
Baby's Only Organic® pediatric formulas contain two essential (precursor) fats: Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Linoleic Acid (LA). Alpha-Linolenic and Linoleic fatty acids are called "essential" because the human body cannot make these fats and therefore it is essential to derive them from food sources. Alpha-Linolenic Acid is an omega-3 used by the body to make Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). Linoleic Acid is an omega-6 used by the body to make Arachidonic Acid (ARA). DHA and ARA are called "non-essential" fatty acids because full-term, healthy infants, children, and adults can manufacture these from Alpha-Linolenic and Linoleic fatty acids.
Baby's Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Supplement and Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula with DHA & ARA are made with preformed DHA and ARA long-chain fatty acids. This means the fats are already available in their final forms and the body does not need to manufacture from precursor fats, Alpha-Linolenic and Linoleic fatty acids.
The Human Body Converts Essential Fatty Acids into Non-Essential Fatty Acids Omega Source Essential
Omega-3 Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Omega-6 Linoleic Acid (LA) Arachidonic Acid (ARA)
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Why does Nature’s One® sell Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with and without DHA & ARA?
The company has always taken the position that research has demonstrated mixed results in regards to the necessity of adding DHA & ARA to formula.1 Below are the two arguments that parents should consider when choosing a formula:
Reasons to question the necessity of adding DHA & ARA to formula:
Omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, are not considered to be essential nutrients by the FDA. This is because the human body is able to convert the essential fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic) to DHA and ARA and there is no evidence of immaturity during infancy of this metabolic conversion.2, 3 The Infant Formula Act as regulated by the FDA specifies the nutrients that must be used in an infant formula. This Act does not include any requirement for DHA or ARA.
Infant formula research has demonstrated that when a baby receives higher levels of essential fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic), the addition of DHA and ARA to an infant formula did not show any significant health benefits. All Baby’s Only Organic® formulas contain high levels of these essential fatty acids.
To date, the American Academy of Pediatrics(AAP) has taken “no official position” on adding the DHA to formulas. The AAP also believes that “it is likely that any beneficial effects of DHA supplementation will be subtle and possibly not detected with available methodology.
Good Reasons to Include DHA & ARA to Formula:
Breast-fed infants receive DHA and ARA from breast milk and studies show that breast-fed infants typically have higher blood levels of DHA and ARA in comparison to infants fed formulas without DHA and ARA. 4, 5 This has raised the question as to whether DHA and ARA supplementation is needed in infant formulas.
These fats are known to concentrate in the gray matter of the baby's brain and eye retina starting in the third trimester of pregnancy. Following birth, a baby continues to receive an abundance of DHA and ARA fatty acids through breast milk. Because DHA and ARA play a role in brain and eye development and also because there is no evidence that supplementation with these non-essential fatty acids is harmful to infants and young children, most infant and toddler formulas are now fortified with DHA and ARA.
1. Qawasmi A et al. “Meta-analysis of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation of formula and infant cognition,” Pediatrics; originally published online May 28, 2012; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2011-2127. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/05/23/peds.2011-2127
2. Salem N Jr, Wegher B, Mena P, Uauy R. “Arachidonic and docosahezaenoic acids are biosynthesized from their 18-carbon precursors in human infants,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, USA. 1996; 93:49-54.
3. Uauy R, Mena P, Wegher B, et al. “Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid formation in neonates, effect of gestational age and intrauterine growth,” Pediatric Research, 2000; 47:127-135.
4. Farquharson J, Cockburn F, Patrick WA, et al. “Effect of diet on the fatty acid composition of the major phospholipids of infant cerebral cortex,” Archives of Disease in Childhood. 1995; 72:198-203.
5. Makrides M, Neumann MA, Byard RW, et al. “Fatty acid composition of brain, retina, and erythrocytes in breast- and formula-fed infants,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1994; 60:189-194.
- Is Baby's Only Organic® USDA Certified Organic®?
Yes, Baby's Only Organic® Dairy, LactoRelief and Soy formulas are Certified Organic by OneCert. OneCert is a USDA approved government agency, similar to Quality Assurance International (QAI). For more information about OneCert, refer to their website at www.onecert.net. OneCert also complies with the new USDA National Organic Standards Program.
- Why is nutritional information in 100 calorie equivalents?
We use the 100 kcal (1 kcal = 1 Calorie) comparison to provide an "apples to apples" comparison for health care professionals and dietitians. It tells a health care professional how much nutrition a baby is getting for every 100 calories consumed. Baby's Only Organic® formula labels also follow the Nutrition Labeling Education Act (NLEA) format, which is more "consumer friendly." Follow these links to see a 100-calorie comparison table:
- Concerns regarding Fluoride.
Fluoride is a naturally occurring element found in ground water. Waters with high fluoride content are usually found in calcium-deficient ground waters, ground waters with a granite or gneiss (a rock that has streaks of minerals through it such as feldspar, quartz, and mica) aquiver (a body of rock or sediment that stores and transmits large amounts of groundwater), geothermal waters, and in some low areas of the earth’s crust. Fluoride is also naturally found in vegetables, fruits, tea and other crops. Fluoride is found in the atmosphere as dusts from fluoride-containing soils, from gaseous industrial wastes, from the burning of coal fires, and from volcanic activity gases. Fluoride is freely available in nature. The primary source of ingested fluoride in the United States is from municipal water supplies that are fluoridated.
The recommended daily fluoride levels1 for infants and young children are:
Age of Child Adequate Intake (mg/day) Tolerable Upper Intake (mg/day) Infants 0-6 months 0.01 0.7 Infants 7-12 months 0.5 0.9 Children 1-3 years 0.7 1.3
Also, the recommended concentration of fluoride in infant formula should be less than 0.06 to 0.10 mg/100 Calories (0.40-0.60 mg/liter).2
Nature’s One does not add fluoride to Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas or to PediaSmart®. However, the manufacturing facility for Baby’s Only Organic® powdered formulas and PediaSmart® uses two different water supplies, one of which is a fluoridated municipal water supply. Also, because fluoride is an element naturally occurring in water and food ingredients, Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas and PediaSmart® have been tested for fluoride content to assure the safety of these powdered products for use with young children. Testing of the formulas has shown fluoride levels to be 0.16 milligrams or less of fluoride per liter, which is well below tolerable upper intake levels and also well below the suggested concentration limit of fluoride in an infant formula.
1. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride. Washington, D.C.: National Adademies Press, 1997.
2. Kleinman, RE (editor). Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, 6th Edition. Elk Grove Village, Illinois: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2008.
- INGREDIENT FACTS
- Allergen Information
- DHA & ARA Fatty Acids
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Martek life'sDHA™
- Organic Ingredients
- Taurine, Selenium & Iron
- Vegetable Oils
- % Whey & Casein
|Baby's Only Organic®||63% Organic Brown Rice Syrup &
37% Naturally Occurring Organic Lactose
|Manufactured by PBM:
Whole Foods 365TM
Wal-Mart® Parent's Choice®
Organic Glucose Syrup Solids, Organic Maltodextrin
(derived from corn, rice, or potato)
Organic Lactose, Organic Glucose Solids
Organic Lactose, Organic Corn Syrup
Organic Lactose, Organic Corn Syrup Solids
|Similac® Organic||Organic Maltodextrin, Organic Sugar (Sucrose)|
Baby's Only Organic® Toddler Formula uses filtered organic brown rice syrup as its carbohydrate source in addition to naturally occurring organic lactose. Nature’s One is the first company to implement new technology that filters arsenic, to undetectable levels, from its organic brown rice syrup. Rice is gluten-free and is known to be a relatively non-allergenic food and is well tolerated by infants. In fact, rice is the least allergenic of all grains. Lactose has not been added to the formula; however, the cow's milk used in Baby's Only Organic® does naturally contain lactose. Whole Foods 365TM, Earth's Best®, and Wal-Mart's formulas contain added lactose for carbohydrate, which may cause some concern if a baby is sensitive to lactose. Too much lactose can overwhelm the baby's ability to digest the milk-sugar and cause gassiness, bloating and a very unhappy baby. If the parents are milk sensitive, consult with the baby's healthcare professional and a non-dairy formula may be recommended such as Baby's Only Organic® Soy formula.
Carbohydrates are one of the crucial dietary sources of energy that supports the brain, enables muscular contractions, and provides the fuel necessary for a baby's rapid growth through 24-months of age. So it is important for a child to get plenty of carbohydrates from good sources. Baby's Only Organic® source of carbohydrate comes from organic brown rice syrup that requires minimal processing and offers the benefits of slower digestion and absorption of complex sugars that provide a steady supply of energy to a baby.
Organic lactose and evaporated cane juice are simple sugars. Simple carbohydrates are quickly digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, increasing insulin levels. A more complex carbohydrate, such as organic brown rice syrup used in Baby's Only Organic® formulas, requires more time for digestion resulting in slower and steadier absorption of the carbohydrates into the blood stream and a more constant production of insulin.
Organic brown rice syrup is slightly sweeter than lactose but significantly less sweet than sucrose (table sugar) or cane sugar. The medical community has expressed concern over using cane sugar in infant formulas because it is five times sweeter than lactose and could pose health or medical issues related to obesity or dental caries. The carbohydrates in Baby's Only Organic® Dairy Formula consist of 37% naturally occurring lactose from the organic non-fat cow's milk and 63% organic brown rice syrup.
|Baby's Only Organic®||Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil &
Organic Coconut Oil
|Manufactured by PBM:
Whole Foods 365TM
Wal-Mart Parent's Choice®
|Organic Vegetable Oils (Palm or Palm Olein, High Oleic (Safflower or Sunflower,
|Similac® Organic||Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Soy Oil, Organic Coconut Oil|
Some formulas, such asWhole Foods 365TM, Earth's Best®, the Walmart® Parents Choice® brand, and Enfamil® use palm olein oil as part of the fat blend in their formulas. Palm olein oil is made from palm oil. Unfortunately clinical studies have proven the use of palm olein oil as a predominant fat source in infant formulas causes some babies to poorly absorb calcium resulting in lower bone mineralization.1, 2 When palm olein oil is provided in the formula, calcium soaps (calcium in fat) are formed in the gut. These calcium soaps prevent the absorption of fat and calcium in the gut and can also result in harder stool formation or constipation.3
Almost 90% of all palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia at oil-palm plantations. This has resulted in widespread deforestation, destruction of rain forests, and putting the survival of some animals at risk. The razing by burning of tropical rain forests to make way for oil-palm plantations also results in the release of large amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.4
Baby's Only Organic® Toddler Formulas contain no palm olein oil and no palm oil. Instead, Baby's Only Organic® formulas contain a blend of organic oils: Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil and Organic Coconut Oil. Baby's Only Organic® vegetable oils are expeller-pressed, which is a squeezing process to extract the oil from the organic plants. No harsh chemicals are used to produce the vegetable oils.
1. Koo, W.W.K., et al, "Reduced bone mineralization in infants fed palm olein-containing formula: A randomized, double-blinded, prospective trial." Pediatrics 2003; 111:1007-1023.
2. Kennedy, K. et al, "Double-blinded, randomized trial of a synthetic triacylglycerol in formula-fed term infants: Effects on stool biochemistry, stool characteristics, and bone mineralization." Am J Clin Nutr 1999; 70:920-927.
3. Nelson, S.E. et al, "Absorption of fat and calcium by infants fed a milk-based formula containing palm olein." J Am Coll Nutr 17: 327-332.
4. Brown, Ellie and Jacobson, Michael F. Cruel Oil. Washington, D.C.: Center for Science in the Public Interest, May, 2005.
% Whey & Casein
- Little Miss Muffet's Curds & Whey
Casein and whey are the two major proteins found in cow's milk. Approximately 18% of cow's milk protein is whey and 82% is casein.1 The children's nursery rhyme about Little Miss Muffet who sat on a tuffet eating her curds and whey helps to explain these two types of protein. Curds are the casein portion of cow's milk protein and whey is the more liquid portion. So Little Miss Muffet was most likely eating cottage cheese! When milk is mixed with an acid such as vinegar, you get small curds and liquid whey resulting in cottage cheese. When we consume milk, the same thing happens during the digestion process in our stomach; that is, the casein forms small curds that take a bit longer to digest than the watery whey portion of the milk.
- Casein & Whey Debate
There have been various debates about whether a dairy-based infant formula should be casein-predominant or whey-predominant. The reason for these debates is that human milk is commonly reported to have an average whey to casein ratio of 60:40 versus the 18:82 ratio of cow's milk. According to a very well respected human milk researcher, "there is no 'fixed' ratio of whey to casein in human milk; it varies throughout lactation" and "the frequently cited ratio of 60:40 is an approximation."2 To make matters even more interesting, the notion that adding more whey to a formula's recipe will result in a product more like breast milk is flawed. Proteins are made up of molecules called amino acids. The types of amino acids found in human milk whey are different than those found in cow's milk.3
An infant formula made from cow's milk will have a whey to casein ratio of 18:82 similar to that found in cow's milk and is called a casein-predominant formula. Some manufacturers add cow's milk whey to infant formula to bring the whey to casein ratio closer to breast milk in the belief that a 60:40 ratio is better for an infant and there are a few formula manufacturers who use only cow's milk whey claiming "gentler" proteins and/or easier digestion. These formulas with added whey or only whey as the protein source are called whey-predominant formulas. A few countries, such as China, have even gone the regulatory route of requiring that infant formulas be whey-based in the belief that adding more whey to the formula to at least the 60:40 ratio makes the milk more similar to breast milk. China's regulators have even gone so far as to make statements that casein-predominant formulas cause intestinal bleeding, malnutrition, diarrhea, and kidney stress.
- Baby's Only Organic® Dairy Formulas are Easily Digested
Standard dairy-based formulas such as Baby's Only Organic® Dairy formula derive their protein from non-fat cow's milk without added whey. So these formulas are considered casein-predominant formulas. Healthy term infants have no problem digesting the casein found in standard dairy-based, casein predominant formulas such as Baby's Only Organic® Dairy Formula.4,5,6,7
Pediatric nutrition experts have stated:
- "For a term healthy infant, there is no nutritional advantage of whey-predominant over casein-predominant formulas"4
- "Even today, rather meager evidence exists that a milk-based formula with added whey proteins results in a product that is superior to a milk-based formula without the additional whey proteins"5
- "Experience accumulated over the past 50 years has shown that casein-dominant formulas support normal growth in full-term infants"6
In fact, casein has served as the standard reference protein to measure the biological value of other proteins in a test called PER (Protein Efficacy Ratio).8
- Science Does Not Support Anti-Casein Claims
Regarding statements that have been made about casein causing intestinal bleeding, diarrhea, and malnutrition, there is no scientific literature reporting these symptoms in healthy term infants. These symptoms can arise in infants and young children with cow's milk protein intolerance or cow's milk protein allergy. In these situations, any food or beverage containing cow's milk proteins, including whey-predominant formulas, must be excluded from the child's diet. Cow's milk protein allergy is the most common cause of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Statements have also been made regarding casein as a cause of kidney stress in infants. Kidney stress is the result of a very high renal solute load. Renal solute load refers to the sum of certain nutrients and by-products of digestion that are filtered by the kidney. These include amino acids, urea and electrolytes. The U.S. Infant Formula Act regulated by the Food and Drug Administration specifies the level of protein and minerals that must be in an infant formula. These levels assure that the renal solute load of all infant formulas are at a safe level when the formulas are prepared at standard dilution to 20 Calories per ounce. Renal solute load can be an issue for infants and children requiring formulas with higher caloric concentrations but these children are usually under medical supervision for various illnesses or conditions.
In summary, casein-predominant formulas such as Baby's Only Organic® Dairy Formula have been used for decades and have supported good growth and development in healthy term infants.
1. Samour PQ and King K. Pediatric Nutrition, 4th edition. Sudbury, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Learning, 2012, page 72.
2. Lonnerdal B. "Nutritional and physiologic significance of human milk proteins." American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2003;77:1537S-1543S.
3. Duggan C, Watkins JB, Walker WA. Nutrition in Pediatrics, 4th edition. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: BC Decker, 2008, page 384.
4. Wilson T and Temple NJ (editors). Beverages in Nutrition and Human Health. Totowa, New Jersey: Humana Press, 2004, page 238.
5. Fomon SJ. "Infant feeding in the 20th Century: Formula and Beikost." Journal of Nutrition. 2001; 131: 409S-420S.
6. Duggan C, Watkins JB, Walker WA. Nutrition in Pediatrics, 4th edition. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada: BC Decker, 2008, page 757.
7. Martinez JA and Ballew MP. "Infant Formulas." Pediatrics in Review. 2011; 32: 179-189.
8. Nielsen SS (editor). Food Analysis. New York, New York: Springer Science and Media, 2010, page 274.
Essential Fatty Acids
(per 100 kcal)
(per 100 kcal)
|Baby's Only Organic®||1000mg||128mg|
|Manufactured by PBM:
Whole Foods 365TM
Wal-Mart® Parent's Choice®
|Similac® Organic||860mg||Not Stated|
Whole Foods 365TM, Earth's Best®, the Wal-Mart® Parent's Choice® Brand, and Similac® Organic are lower in the essential fatty acid, Linoleic Acid; the Alpha-Linolenic fatty acid composition is lower or not stated on the formula labels. These precursor fats are important for the body to convert to DHA & ARA and are critical to brain and eye retina development. In fact, the makers of Similac supported a study1 comparing breast fed infants to three formulas described below:
- A formula containing no added DHA & ARA, but contained higher levels of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid similar to Baby's Only Organic® Toddler Formula.
- Two formulas supplemented with synthetic DHA and ARA that contained lower levels of linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid.
The results of this study did NOT support adding synthetic DHA & ARA to formula that contained the higher levels of linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid. However, Nature's One® recognizes that some babies may not be as efficient at converting linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid and supplementation with Baby's Only Essentials® DHA & ARA may be a better option than use of a product with synthetic DHA & ARA. The synthetic DHA & ARA used to supplement Whole Foods 365TM, Earth's Best®, Wal-Mart's Parent's Choice®, and Similac® Organic infant formulas are treated with hexane solvents, acid and bleach during the manufacturing process.
It is best to compare pediatric formulas using a 100-calorie serving, which is approximately 5-ounces of formula. So over the course of a day of feedings totaling 28oz, a baby consuming Baby's Only Organic® would receive 1,400mg MORE linoleic acid and 380mg MORE alpha-linolenic fatty acid when compared to Earth's Best® infant formulas. Remember, just because a formula is organic does not necessarily insure it is nutritionally advanced. Baby's Only Organic® takes advantage of modern nutritional science.
1. Austed, N. et al, "Growth and development in term infants fed long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids: A double-masked, randomized, parallel, prospective, multivariate study," Pediatrics (108); 2:372-381.
Filtered Organic Brown Rice Syrup*, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Organic High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Calcium Phosphate, Calcium Ascorbate (Vit. C), Organic Soy Lecithin, Calcium Citrate, Choline Bitartrate, Organic Vanilla, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, Inositol, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, Vitamin A Palmitate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vit. B1), Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin (Vit.B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Folic Acid, Phylloquinone (Vit. K1), Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Biotin, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12).
*Nature’s One implemented a new filtration process for organic brown rice syrup that eliminates arsenic to undetectable levels at testing limits of less than 4 parts per billion. This initiative is part of our Pure10 Pledge™ that is backed by extensive testing, an uncompromising attitude toward ingredient standards, and a commitment to producing the safest and most nutritious formulas for the well-being of children.
Taurine, Selenium & Iron
Baby's Only Organic® formulas do contain taurine, selenium and iron, similar to conventional formulas.
Taurine, an amino acid normally present in breast milk, has been shown to play a role in retinal development, among others. Cow and soy milks do not contain adequate amounts of the amino acid.
Selenium is a mineral important for proper formation of red blood cells, development of skeletal muscle and proper growth. Selenium, too, is normally present in breast milk, but lacking in cow and soy milks. Baby's Only Organic® contains added taurine and selenium.
Iron is added at the level recommended by the Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. Inappropriate dietary iron could result in anemia, weakness, muscle fatigue, abnormal gastrointestinal motility, and a reduction of cognitive ability. This reduction in cognition has been shown to be irreversible, even once a normal iron level is retained.
DHA & ARA Fatty Acids
|Brand||DHA Fatty Acid|
|Baby's Only Organic®||Sold separately as Baby's Only Essentials® DHA & ARA Supplement|
|Manufactured by PBM:
Whole Foods 365TM
Wal-Mart® Parent's Choice®
|Martek's DHASCO/ARASCO: life'sDHA™
C. cohnii oil (algae) & M. alpina oil (fungus)
|Similac® Organic||Martek's DHASCO/ARASCO: life'sDHA™
C. cohnii oil (algae) & M. alpina oil (fungus)
Baby's Only Essentials® DHA & ARA Fatty Acid Supplement is available for parents who would like to take precautionary measures to help ensure their baby has sufficient levels of DHA and ARA. The DHA and ARA in Baby's Only Essentials® fatty acid supplement are naturally derived from egg phospholipids (egg yolk) using a gentle aqueous (water) process. Egg phospholipids, like those found in Baby's Only Essentials® DHA & ARA have been used in clinical studies with infants over the past decade. One recent study showed that egg phospholipids are more efficiently absorbed than other sources (fish oil and fungal oil).1 Egg phospholipids contain Choline, an important nutrient needed for the production of neurotransmitters and development of the memory center in the brain. Egg phospholipids also contain cholesterol, used by the body to manufacture Vitamin D, various needed hormones and bile acid. Cholesterol is also an important component in cell membranes. Baby's Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Supplement is a well understood and a safe source of DHA and ARA that can be added to Baby's Only Organic® Toddler Formulas or to foods as a child grows older.
Whole Foods 365TM, Earth's Best®, Similac® Organic, and the Wal-Mart® Parent's Choice® brand use a novel synthetic source of DHA and ARA for their infant formulas. Our company does not prefer the source or the extraction process for vegetarian fatty acids. The fatty acid derived from C. cohnii oil (algae) and M. alpina oil (fungus) used in the organic and conventional infant formulas are treated with hexane solvents, acid and bleach during processing.2 This is a common extraction process for conventional oils, but is prohibited for organic vegetable oils. We also know that these vegetarian sources, called life'sDHA™, are a relatively new/novel source of fatty acids and there may be much to learn on the efficacy of the fatty acids. For these reasons, Nature's One® developed its DHA & ARA product using egg phospholipid, which has been naturally derived and consumed by humans long before the first "chicken or the egg" riddle was posed.
1. Gil, A., et al, "Role of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in infant nutrition," European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003)57, Suppl 1, S31-34.
2. Sam Zeller, Ph.D. - Martek Biosciences Corporation, Food & Drug Administration Agency Response Letter, GRAS Notice No. GRN 000137
Contains milk, soy, and coconut ingredients
Gluten Free. Made without GMO ingredients.
Contains no wheat or wheat gluten, no palm olein oil, no Martek DHA & ARA, no corn ingredients such as corn syrup, no sucrose, and no peanut.
No BPA used in packaging.
Baby's Only Organic® Dairy Formula contains naturally occurring nucleotides found in organic dairy protein. Nature's One® believes this is adequate to meet the growth and development needs of children. These organic nucleotides are not declared on Baby's Only Organic's label because it is not an ingredient addition - instead they occur naturally as mentioned.
Nutritional science and the medical community have not determined if there are any added benefits for added nucleotides - especially since all are synthetically derived. The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition weighs-in on this subject as well commenting that "...additional studies are needed to understand the mechanism of action, confirm clinical endpoints, and monitor the long-term effects of adding nucleotides to infant formula." 1
Most importantly, nucleotides added to conventional and organic infant formulas are derived by synthetic, non-organic methods. There are presently no organic or natural sources for nucleotides. We are therefore concerned about the harmful effects of the chemicals used to process nucleotides and the synthetic source of nucleotides; especially since the benefits of their addition have not been clearly demonstrated.
1. Reference: Committee on Nutrition, Pediatric Nutrition Handbook, 6th edition, American Academy of Pediatrics, pg 810.
|Baby's Only Organic® Dairy
Baby's Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA
Baby's Only Organic® LactoReliefTM
|Baby's Only Organic® SOY||Kosher Pareve|
Baby's Only Organic® Toddler Formula is certified Kosher by Orthodox Union. The kosher symbol, (circle U) O-U, is located on the front portion of the label. A current Kosher Certificate is available upon request.
Numerous research studies have documented the nutritional superiority of organic foods.1 including a recent study from the United Kingdom that reported on the benefits of consuming organic foods.2 Of particular interest is the finding that organic milk can contain up to 60% more antioxidants than found in conventionally produced milk. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E are molecules that help to prevent damage to the body's cells. We can anticipate many more studies and scientific reports being published soon that further document the benefits of organic eating. It is reasonable to believe that future studies will support theories that the human body must work harder to rid itself of chemicals and hormones used in conventional farming and food manufacturing.
Parents should be aware that there is growing confusion between the terms "natural" and "organic." Don't be fooled by the term "natural" when reading food labels. A "natural" or "all natural" product is not an organic product that meets rigorous standards and certification..3 The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) presently defines "natural" rules for only the meat and poultry industry..4 No other foods are covered and, in fact, other food manufacturers can create their own definition of "natural" for the foods they produce.
Consumers may also be under the false impression that "natural" foods are "greener" than their organic counterparts. For example, "natural" milk may come from dairy herds where hormones are not used. However, these cows are usually fed in factory farm feedlots rather than roam on chemical-free pastures as required for organic dairy farms. With more large corporations looking to the "heath food" industry as an avenue to increase profits, parents need to become better informed shoppers.
1. Benbrook, C, et al. New Evidence Confirms the Nutritional Superiority of Plant-Based Organic Foods. Boulder, CO: The Organic Center, 2008.
2. Butler, G, et al. "Fatty acid and fat-soluble antioxidant concentrations in milk from high- and low-input conventional and organic systems: seasonal variation," Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 2008; 88(8): 1431-1441.
3. http://www.nal.usda.gov/afsic/pubs/ofp/ofp.shtml Sourced July 13, 2009.
4. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Meat_&_Poultry_Labeling_Terms/index.asp Sourced July 13, 2009 .
Nature's One® Formulas Do Not Contain life'sDHA™
In 2001, US infant formula manufacturers began adding a novel source of DHA and ARA that is manufactured by Martek Biosciences Corporation and branded as life’s DHA™. The DHA and ARA are derived from algae and fungus and treated with hexane solvent, acid and bleach. The following is the manufacturing process described by Martek: “The oil is then separated from the dried biomass by hexane extraction and centrifugation and/or filtration, followed by winterization. The hexane phase undergoes additional centrifugation/filtration to remove solids then the winterized oil is heated and treated with acid. Subsequently, the oil is treated with caustic, centrifuged, bleached and deodorized.”1
In addition to the harsh toxic chemicals such as hexane that are used to extract and process the life’sDHA™ oils, several organic advocacy groups believe the processing involves genetically modified organisms (GMOs) based on their review of Martek’s patents.2, 3 GMO refers to an organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering. Despite using harsh toxic chemicals and GMOs, life’sDHA™ continues to be used in organic infant formula and baby food.Read More...
According to various organic consumer advocacy groups, Martek Biosciences Corporation uses microencapsulation and mutagenesis to process life’sDHA™ . The microencapsulation that is used to transform the oil to a powder is specifically listed as an “exclusion method” under national organic standards. The DHA and ARA are produced from mutant strains of algae and fungi with unnaturally high DHA and ARA levels using mutagenesis. The process of mutagenesis involves exposing cells to radiation or mutagenic chemicals to create a variety of mutant cells from which desired characteristics can be selected. Mutagenesis is not specifically mentioned in the national organic regulations of “excluded methods” for GMOs, but it does fall under a broader category of “methods used to genetically modify organisms or influence their growth and development by means that are not possible under natural conditions or processes and are not considered compatible with organic production.”3
Nature’s One® has never added life’sDHA™ to any of its formulas. Because of the harsh toxic chemicals that are used to extract and process the life’sDHA™ oils and the use of GMOs, Nature’s One believes these ingredients have no place in any organic products, especially one designed for infants and young children. The non-profit organization, The Cornucopia Institute, has reviewed in detail the controversy surrounding algal and fungal sources of DHA and ARA along with reports of some adverse effects on infants when fed formulas containing life’sDHA™. The entire Cornucopia Institute’s report can be found at Cornucopia.org.
Baby’s Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Supplement and also Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA Formula sources of DHA and ARA are derived from egg yolk phospholipids, a safe and natural source of these fatty acids. Nature’s One has chosen to use egg phospholipids over life’sDHA™ algal oils because it is not a hexane processed triglyceride and does not involve genetic modification.Read More...
The use of egg phospholipids in human nutrition, especially infant nutrition, has been widely studied. It is well understood that phospholipids form smaller droplets in the intestinal tract and are more easily absorbed in the intestinal tract and offer greater bioavailability than fungal or fish oils (triglycerides). Research suggests that the addition of phospholipids to infant formulas is desirable due to their important role in human milk. The phospholipids contained in breast milk are rich sources of DHA and ARA. However, infant and toddler formulas contain high levels of triglycerides formulated with vegetable oil blends (sunflower/safflower, coconut & soy oil), but are void of phospholipids. Knowing infant and toddler formulas already provide abundant triglycerides, Nature's One believes egg phospholipid added to formulas achieves a fatty acid profile more similar to breast milk; rather than adding more triglycerides as found in Martek's life’sDHA™ oils.
1.Sam Zeller, Ph.D.; Martek Biosciences Corporation, Food & Drug Administration Agency Response Letter, GRAS Notice No. GRN 000137
2. Sourced 2011 from: “GMO Ingredients in Organic Baby Food?” By Alexis Baden-Mayer. Organic Consumers Association. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_24414.cfm
3. Sourced 2011 from: “Tell Organic Baby Food Brands to Stop Using GMOs!” By Alexis Baden-Mayer and Ronnie Cummins. Organic Bytes: Food and Consumer Newsweekly. Organic Consumers Association. http://organicconsumers.org/bytes/OrganicBytes309.pdf
- NUTRIENT FACTS
- Fat Soluble Vitamins
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- Water Soluble Vitamins
- Folic Acid
- Pantothenic Acid
- B Vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Major Minerals
- Trace Elements
- Other Nutrients
- Fatty Acids
This is important for the development of bones and teeth and helps maintain the gums. It is essential for night vision, healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. It is sometimes referred to as the anti-infective vitamin because it is required for the proper functioning of the immune system and helps prevent infection.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 300 IU (per 100 calories)
Good animal sources of Vitamin A include: milk and dairy products, organ meats such as liver.
Good plant sources of the pro Vitamin A carotenoids include: deep yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and dark green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin D, also known as calciferol, is often called the sunshine vitamin because of the body’s ability to make it from the interaction of the sun on the skin. Vitamin D made from this process is referred to as Vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. Vitamin D3 is also available from animal sources. Vitamin D derived from plant sources is known as Vitamin D2 or ergocalciferol. Vitamin D helps the body properly utilize calcium and phosphorus for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Recent research has confirmed that Vitamin D3 is more effective than Vitamin D2 in humans in improving the bodies Vitamin D status.1
Vitamin D is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth in infants, children and adults. In infants and children, a deficiency of Vitamin D results in rickets, a softening of the bones, which can result in bent legs. In adults, osteomalacia (a softening of the bones) or osteoporosis (thinning and weakening of the bones) can occur.
An excessive amount of Vitamin D supplementation can result in an elevated blood calcium level and can lead to calcium deposits in soft tissues, including blood vessels and kidneys, resulting in serious damage. High blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, diarrhea, drowsiness or headaches could also result from an overdose of Vitamin D. Before using a Vitamin D supplement, always check with your healthcare provider who can perform a blood level test and determine the appropriate amount of Vitamin D supplementation needed per day.
For infants and children consuming Baby’s Only Organic® formulas or Organic PediaSmart® Complete Nutrition Beverage, the amount of Vitamin D3, the preferred form of Vitamin D, in these formulas meets the recommended amounts needed daily when used as a sole source of nutrition. When used as a part of a healthy diet, the amount of Vitamin D in these formulas helps to ensure adequate Vitamin D status.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 75 IU (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: fortified milk, cheese, eggs, some fish such as sardines and salmon, and fish oils.
1. Tripkovic L, Lambert H, Hart K, et al. "Comparison of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 supplementation in raising serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status: A systemic review and meta-analysis," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2012; 95: 1357-1364.
Vitamin E is a generic term used to describe a family of eight antioxidants – 4 tocopherols and 4 tocotrienols. However, only alpha-tocopherol is the form actively used in the body and is, therefore, the form of Vitamin E found in the largest quantity in blood and tissues. Natural Vitamin E Acetate, also known as natural alpha-tocopheryl acetate, is the commonly used form of Vitamin E in foods and vitamin supplements. Vitamin E protects Vitamin A and the essential fatty acids from oxidation in the body. It is needed for the proper functioning of nerves and muscles and helps to form red blood cells, muscle and other tissues.
A deficiency of Vitamin E has been observed in individuals with severe malnutrition or who have a malabsorption syndrome such as cystic fibrosis or cholestatic liver disease. A deficiency of Vitamin E can result in neurological symptoms such as impaired balance and coordination, muscle weakness, and damage to the retina of the eye. Excessive Vitamin E can impair blood clotting leading to hemorrhage and can have a negative effect on white blood cell functioning.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 2 IU (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: poultry, seafood, green leafy vegetables, egg yolk, nuts, seeds, wheat germ, whole grains.
There are three types:
• Vitamin K1 or phylloquinone which is found in plants
• Vitamin K2 or menaquinone which is synthesized by many bacteria
• Vitamin K3 or menadione which is a synthetic form
Vitamin K helps the blood to clot when the body is injured and is important in bone development and repair. In newborn infants, there is a life threatening and preventable bleeding disorder known as Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB). This is the reason why it is standard practice to give all newborns an injection of phylloquinone after birth. Baby’s Only Organic® formulas contain the plant-based phylloquinone (Vitamin K1).
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 8.5 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: green leafy vegetables, pork, liver, oats, wheat bran, whole grains.
Biotin is part of the B-complex of vitamins. It is thought to play a role in cell growth and is important in the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates (sugars), and some amino acids (the building blocks of protein).
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 3 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: eggs, meats, fish, nuts, seeds, dried beans and peas (legumes).
Folic acid, sometimes called folate or folacin or Vitamin B9, works with vitamins B6 and B12 in protein metabolism. It is needed to make genetic material (DNA and RNA). It promotes normal red blood cell formation and reduces the risk of neural tube (brain and spine) birth defects. This is one reason why a folic acid supplement is recommended during pregnancy.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 15 mcg (per 100 calories
Good Food Sources: poultry, liver, dark green leafy vegetables, dried beans and peas (legumes), yeast breads, wheat germ, cereals, oranges, grapefruits.
Niacin, also known as nicotinic acid or Vitamin B3, is found in every cell of the body. It is necessary for energy production and to maintain the normal functioning of skin, nerves and the digestive tract. It can be manufactured by the body from the amino acid tryptophan. However, the amount needed by the body will usually exceed the amount that the body can produce and it is necessary to consume niacin from foods.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 1100 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: poultry, fish (especially tuna and salmon), beef, peanuts and peanut butter, seeds, potatoes.
Pantothenic acid is also known as Vitamin B5. It is involved in numerous chemical reactions in the body and is essential for the metabolism of fat and sugars. Pantothenic acid is also involved in the manufacture of chemicals that regulate nerve functions.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 450 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: meat, fish, poultry, egg yolk, whole grain cereals, dried beans and peas (legumes).
Riboflavin: also known as Vitamin B2, is found in every cell of the body and is needed for energy production. It also helps to maintain vision and the metabolism and proper functioning of skin and nerve cells.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 100 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: milk and dairy products, enriched breads, eggs, meats (especially organ meats like liver), green leafy vegetables, grains.
Thiamin: This is also known as Vitamin B1 and is important for the normal functioning of the nervous system. Thiamin also participates in the body’s ability to use protein and sugars for energy production.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 100 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: whole grain and enriched grain products, pork, seafood, cereals.
Vitamin B6: This can also be referred to as pyridoxine or pyridoxal. This vitamin influences many body functions including the regulation of blood sugar levels, the manufacturing of hemoglobin in red blood cells which carries oxygen to all body cells, and the functioning of the nervous system. As protein intake increases, so does the body’s need for Vitamin B6. Also, an adequate Vitamin B6 intake decreases the requirement for niacin from food sources because it aids in the conversion of tryptophan to niacin.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 60 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: chicken, fish, pork, liver, whole grains, cereals, spinach, sweet and white potatoes, bananas, prunes, watermelon.
Vitamin B12: This is also known as cobalamin because it contains the mineral cobalt. It is crucial in the reproduction of every cell in the body because it is needed to make DNA, the genetic material required for life. Vitamin B12 is essential for normal growth, healthy nerve tissue, and the formation of blood cells.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & LactoRelief Formulas: 0.2 mcg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula: 0.45 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: All foods of animal origin (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk and other dairy products) and seafood.
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C has received a lot of attention because of its major role in the body as an antioxidant, a substance that prevents damage to cells from free radicals and pollutants, and as a protector against infections, particularly the common cold. Vitamin C plays a role in nerve transmission, tissue repair, the conversion of cholesterol to bile acids, and the enhancement of iron absorption. Vitamin C is used by the body to make collagen, the connective tissue in skin, ligaments and bones.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 20 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: citrus fruits, berries, melon, peppers, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, plaintains, tomato and tomato products.
Inositol is not a true vitamin because the body can manufacture what it needs. However, it is often considered a water-soluble member of the vitamin B family. Inositol works with choline to help transport fat from the liver. It also helps maintain cell membranes and is involved in the proper functioning of the nervous system.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & LactoRelief Formulas: 5 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula: 15 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: liver, soybeans, eggs, whole grains, nuts, bananas, vegetables.
Choline is not a true vitamin because the body can manufacture small amounts of it. However, it must be consumed from foods to meet overall body needs especially during times of rapid growth and development such as pregnancy, lactation, infancy, and early childhood. Choline is an essential nutrient necessary for the structure and function of all cells in the body.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 12 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: beef liver, egg yolk, peanut butter and peanuts, soybeans and soy products.
Although the major function of calcium is the formation and maintenance of bones and teeth, it is also needed to keep the heart pumping, muscles moving, and nerves communicating. Calcium helps regulate the passage of nutrients in and out of cells, assists in normal blood clotting, and is important to normal kidney functioning.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & Soy Formulas: 135 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief Formula: 84 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: milk and dairy products, fish with edible bones (such as sardines and salmon), oysters, tofu, dark leafy green vegetables.
This teams with calcium to aid in bone and teeth formation, kidney function, and heart contraction. The balance of calcium and phosphorus is important in the body, especially in infancy, to ensure that the team works together well in keeping the body’s chemical balance.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & Soy Formulas: 90 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief Formula: 56 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: milk and dairy products, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, dried beans and peas (legumes).
This works with calcium and Vitamin C to maintain bone health. It is also necessary for energy production, the making of proteins used by the body to make cells and genetic material, the transmission of nerve impulses, the contraction and relaxation of the muscles, and maintaining the delicate electrical balance of all body cells.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula: 9 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief Formula: 6 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula: 20 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: soybeans and soy products, nuts, whole grains, dried beans and peas (legumes), green vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, shellfish.
As blood passes through the tiny air sacs in the lung, oxygen attaches itself to the iron in the blood. That’s how oxygen is carried to all parts of the body. Iron combines with protein and copper to make hemoglobin, a necessary component of red blood cells that carries oxygen to the cells. Iron also is a component of myoglobin, a protein that stores oxygen specifically in muscle tissue. Approximately 90% of iron in the body is conserved and reused every day.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 1.8 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: meat (especially organ meats like liver), dried fruits (raisins, apricots), nuts, green leafy vegetables.
This is needed for cell growth and repair, digestion and metabolism of nutrients, and is vital to the development of the reproductive organs. It also helps regulate the body’s immune response to infection and aids in wound healing.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & LactoRelief Formulas: 0.7 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby's Only Organic® Soy Formula: 1 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: beef, liver, oysters, wheat germ, beans, nuts.
In combination with Vitamin E, selenium works as an antioxidant to help maintain a healthy heart. Selenium provides elasticity to tissues and helps cells to defend themselves against damage from oxidation. Selenium also aids in the proper functioning of the pancreas.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 2.5 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: seafood, poultry, egg yolks, whole grain breads and cereals, eggs, mushrooms.
This is necessary for the absorption and utilization of iron in the body. Copper has an important role in the making of red blood cells and nerve fibers. It also works with Vitamin C to form elastin, a chief component of muscle fibers in the body. Copper is involved in hair and skin coloring, sensitivity to taste.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 70 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: Organ meats like liver, lobster, nuts, dried beans and peas (legumes), barley, prunes.
This is probably best known for keeping the thyroid gland healthy. It is also involved in metabolizing fats and in regulating energy production.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula: 20 mcg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® LactoRelief & Soy Formulas: 10 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: iodized salt, seafood.
This is used by the body as a preferred cofactor in several important enzyme systems and is essential for a healthy tendon and bone structure. It is necessary for the metabolism of thiamine and Vitamin E and helps to maintain the health of the immune and nervous systems.Learn More...
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & LactoRelief Formulas: 21 mcg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula: 55 mcg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: whole grains and cereals, nuts, leafy vegetables, molasses, soybeans, sunflower seeds, and tea.
This is an electrolyte and works with sodium to regulate the body’s waste balance, transmit nerve impulses, and regulate muscle contraction including the heart muscles. It is essential for metabolism and the release of insulin. In infants and young children who have diarrhea or vomiting, an oral electrolyte solution such as PediaVance® containing a balance among sodium, potassium and chloride is usually recommended to help prevent the body from becoming dehydrated due to a deficiency in these electrolytes.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & LactoRelief Formulas: 120 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula: 140 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: bananas, citrus fruits, dried fruits, deep yellow vegetables, potatoes, milk, bran cereal.
The primary role of sodium in the body is to maintain fluid balance. Sodium is an electrolyte and works with potassium and chloride to conduct electrical currents in the body and keep tissue fluids in balance. A deficiency of sodium is rare but loss of sodium through diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating can cause dehydration, muscle cramps, weakness, and headaches. This is especially critical in infants and young children and the reason for use of an oral electrolyte solution such as PediaVance® with a balance of sodium, potassium and chloride when a child has diarrhea and vomiting.
Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 30 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: salt, milk, processed foods such as luncheon meats.
This is an electrolyte and helps to maintain fluid balance in the body and also is a component of the stomach juices (hydrochloric acid) needed for digestion of foods. A deficiency of chloride is rare but loss of chloride through diarrhea, vomiting, or excessive sweating can cause an upset in the body’s fluid balance resulting in dehydration. In infants and young children who have diarrhea or vomiting, an oral electrolyte solution such as PediaVance® containing a balance among sodium, potassium and chloride is usually recommended to help prevent the body from becoming dehydrated.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & LactoRelief Formulas: 80 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula: 60 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: salt, milk, processed foods such as luncheon meats.
Carbohydrates are one of the crucial dietary sources of energy that support the brain, enable muscular contractions, and provide the fuel necessary for a baby’s and toddler’s rapid growth, especially through 24-months of age. Each gram of carbohydrate provides 4 Calories. So it is important for a child to get adequate amounts of carbohydrates each day from good food sources.
Carbohydrates are sometimes simply called sugars or starches. They are classified scientifically as monosaccharides, disaccharides, or polysaccharides.
Monosaccharide is a one molecule sugar (referred to as a simple sugar or simple carbohydrate). Examples are glucose (sometimes called dextrose), fructose (sometimes called fruit sugar), and galactose. Glucose is the major fuel needed by the body for energy. This is why intravenous fluids (IVs) used in medical situations contain glucose (dextrose).
Disaccharide is made up of two monosaccharides (referred to as a simple sugar or simple carbohydrate). Lactose (sometimes called milk sugar) is made by the joining of one glucose molecule with one galactose molecule. Sucrose (also called table sugar) is made by joining one molecule of fructose with one molecule of glucose. The body breaks down disaccharides into monosaccharides and then converts these to glucose providing needed energy for the body. Baby’s Only Organic® Lactose Free and Soy formulas do not contain lactose; none of our formulas contain sucrose.
Polysaccharide contains more than two sugar molecules. Examples of polysaccharides include organic brown rice syrup, as is found in Baby’s Only Organic® formulas, corn syrup, molasses, and starches. Polysaccharides are often called complex sugars or complex carbohydrates.
Simple sugars are quickly digested and absorbed by the body into the bloodstream. As sugar levels rise in the blood, the pancreas secretes the hormone insulin. Insulin is needed to move the sugar from the blood into the cells where the sugar is then used for energy. When this process goes fast, a feeling of hunger will more likely occur sooner. When it occurs slower, the body appears to be satisfied from hunger longer. Simple sugars usually cause blood sugar levels to rise quicker than complex sugars and increase the production and release of insulin by the pancreas. If the sugar in the bloodstream is not used by the body for energy, then it is stored as fat.
The longer the carbohydrate length, the slower the body breaks it down and, thus, the slower the absorption of the sugar from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream. If there is a slower absorption of the sugar, there is a slower release of insulin. Also, a slower digestion lets the body utilize the sugar for energy and there’s less potential for the sugar to be converted into fat.
Breast Milk is unique in its properties and cannot be duplicated. There are many unique compositional features in breast milk that result in its easy digestion by infants, including factors that help the breakdown of nutrients and their absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. There is no comparing the lactose digestion of a breast fed infant to that of a formula fed infant because manufactured formulas do not contain the many other compositional features of breast milk.
Added Lactose The lactose used in formulas is derived from cow’s milk without the benefit of the unique features of human breast milk. In formulas containing only lactose as the source of carbohydrate, some of the lactose comes into the formula naturally as a part of the cow’s milk and the remainder is added lactose. The added lactose brings the total carbohydrate level to the requirement needed in a formula. In other words, the amount of lactose that comes in naturally with the cow’s milk does not totally meet the needs of a baby and additional lactose must be added. The only lactose contained in Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula is naturally occurring lactose derived from organic cow’s milk.
Organic Brown Rice Syrup The carbohydrate source added to Baby’s Only Organic® formulas is organic brown rice syrup. Rice is gluten-free and is known to be a relatively non-allergenic food and is well tolerated by infants. In fact, rice is the least allergenic of all grains. Organic brown rice syrup also offers the benefit of slower digestion and absorption providing a steadier level of sugar being absorbed into the bloodstream, a more even production and release of insulin, and a more even supply of energy to the body’s cells. In addition, Nature’s One® organic brown rice syrup is grown and processed without the use of chemicals.
Organic brown rice syrup is slightly sweeter than lactose but significantly less sweet than sucrose (table sugar) or cane sugar. The medical community has expressed concern over using cane sugar in infant formulas because it is five times sweeter than lactose and could pose health or medical issues related to obesity or dental caries. The carbohydrates in Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula consist of 35% naturally occurring lactose from the organic non-fat cow’s milk and 65% organic brown rice syrup.
Baby’s Only Organic® LactoRelief & Soy Formulas are the only lactose-free formulas in the U.S. that do not contain corn syrup or sucrose (table sugar). Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula contains naturally occurring lactose without the added lactose as found in leading brand formulas. The chart below explains the primary differences between the three formulas manufactured by Nature’s One®.
|BABY’S ONLY ORGANIC® FORMULAS|
|Dairy Formula||LactoRelief Formula||Soy Formula|
|Dairy Based||Milk Based||Soy Protein Based|
|37% Naturally Occurring
|Lactose Free*||Lactose Free;|
Brown Rice Syrup
Brown Rice Syrup
Brown Rice Syrup
*Do not use for children with galactosemia.
Lactose Intolerance Unlike other formula makers, Nature’s One® prefers to add organic brown rice syrup to its Dairy-based formula rather than more lactose. There are many children and adults who either lack or do not produce adequate levels of the enzyme lactase which is necessary to digest lactose. For example, preterm infants are often fed a lactose-free formula because of their inability to manufacture adequate lactase. When there are inadequate levels of lactase in the gastrointestinal tract, this is referred to as lactose intolerance. Symptoms include bloating, flatulence, loose stools, and in some cases diarrhea. If an infant does not produce enough lactase, then lactose will be a problem. Also, following an illness that causes diarrhea, such as the flu, the intestinal tract’s ability to make lactase is compromised. This is often why healthcare professionals will recommend a lactose free formula for children who have had a bout of diarrhea.
There is also a medical condition called galactosemia whereby a person cannot digest galactose, which is part of lactose. As noted previously, lactose is made of galactose and glucose. For people with galactosemia, they MUST avoid any dairy product or other foods that contain lactose and galactose. Baby’s Only Organic® Soy formula is appropriate for babies with galactosemia.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & Soy Formulas: 10.8 g (per 100 calories)
Baby's Only Organic®LactoRelief Formula: 10.7 g (per 100 calories)
Proteins are essential to life and are necessary for the body’s manufacturing and maintenance of all cells and tissues, including organ and brain development, and the making of essential body constituents such as hormones and enzymes. If excess protein is consumed and not needed by the body, it is converted to fat and stored by the body as a potential future energy source. Each gram of protein provides 4 Calories.
Proteins are made up of amino acids; there are 20 amino acids. Baby’s Only Organic® formulas (Dairy, Dairy-LactoRelief and Soy) provide all of the essential and non-essential amino acids needed to support growth and development.
The protein source in Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula is organic non-fat dried cow’s milk and the source in Baby’s Only Organic® LactoRelief Formula is organic milk protein concentrate. When human breast milk is unavailable for an infant, the recommendation is to use a dairy-based formula. A cow’s milk (dairy- based) formula is recommended because the proteins are whey (the liquid protein portion) and casein (the curd protein portion), which are proteins found in human milk. Baby's Only Organic® Dairy Formula and LactoRelief Formula consist of 18% whey and 82% casein.
Taurine is not an amino acid but an amino acid derivative. Taurine functions as an antioxidant and is involved as a part of bile acids in early infancy. Taurine is abundant in human milk, but not in cow’s milk protein or soy protein. Taurine is added to Baby’s Only Organic® formulas to the level in breast milk.
When children have an allergic reaction to cow’s milk protein and soy protein, hydrolyzed formulas are often recommended. The cow’s milk protein has been treated to break down the protein, which reduces the allergy potential of the protein. There are presently no organic hydrolyzed formulas on the market.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula: 2.6 grams protein (per 100 Calories)
Baby's Only Organic®LactoRelief Formula: 2.1 grams protein (per 100 Calories)
Baby's Only Organic® Soy Formula: 2.8 grams protein (per 100 Calories)
Good Food Sources: Animal meats, fish, dairy products, soybeans, legumes, nuts
The term “lipid” refers to compounds including oils, waxes, animal fats and triglycerides that do not dissolve in water. Lipids are most commonly referred to simply as fats.
Fats constitute the principal structural material of all living cells and are an important source of energy. Healthy skin and hair are maintained by fat. Fat also helps the body absorb and move the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K through the bloodstream. Dietary fat intake provides needed essential fatty acids to the body. These essential fatty acids are linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These are fatty acids that the body cannot make and which must be derived from foods.
Fats provide 9 Calories per gram, more than twice the amount of energy provided by a gram of carbohydrate or protein. An excess of dietary Calories provided by carbohydrates, proteins or fats will be stored in the body as adipose tissue. Adipose tissue serves as insulation for the body’s cells and organs but an excess of fat can lead to overweight and obesity.
Triglycerides are the chemical form of fats that exist in foods as well as in the body. Animal fats, such as butter and lard, tend to be solid or semisolid at room temperature and are more saturated than fats from plant sources. Fats from plant sources are usually liquid at room temperature and are called oils. Most plant oils are made up of unsaturated fatty acids with the exception of coconut, palm, and palm kernel oils. There are two types of unsaturated fats:
• Monounsaturated fats: Examples include olive and canola oils.
• Polyunsaturated fats: Examples include fish, safflower, sunflower, corn, and soybean oils.
Fats are important nutrient for infants and young children. They are needed to support growth, development and energy needs. A child who is not eating or drinking foods with adequate amounts of essential fatty acids can develop a fatty acid deficiency. This is one reason why healthcare professionals strongly advise against the use of skim or low fat milks during early childhood. Signs of an essential fatty acid deficiency include poor growth, scaly skin lesions, dry brittle nails, dandruff, and lack of hair luster.
More than 98% of the fat in human breast milk is in the form of triglycerides. The most abundant triglycerides in breast milk are the saturated fatty acids oleic acid and palmitic acid. It also contains high proportions of the essential fatty acids linoleic fatty acid and linolenic fatty acid. Human milk also contains the non-essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid).1
The fat blend of Baby’s Only Organic® formulas consist of organic high oleic sunflower oil, organic coconut oil, and organic soybean oil. This blend was developed because the percentages of the various types of fats are similar to breast milk. This combination of oils also provides appropriate levels of the essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (LA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
Baby’s Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Supplement is formulated specifically for infants and toddlers using the proper balance of DHA & ARA that meet the 1:2 ratio requirements established for a baby less than two years of age.2
1. Prentice, Ann. “Constituents of human milk,” Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 17:4, December, 1996.
2. Newton, IS. “Long Chain Fatty Acids in Health and Nutrition,” Journal of Food Lipids. 1996; 3:233.
LA: Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy, LactoRelief & Soy Formulas: 1000 mg (per 100 calories)
ALA: Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula & LactoRelief: 128 mg (per 100 calories)
ALA: Baby’s Only Organic® SOY Formula: 110 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources: nuts, seeds, grains legumes, vegetables and their cold-pressed oils
DHA: Baby’s Only Essentials® DHA Fatty Acids: 15 mg (per serving)
Good Food Source: fish such as salmon, sardine, tuna, and lake trout, egg
ARA: Baby’s Only Essentials® ARA Fatty Acids: 30 mg (per serving)
Good Food Sources: animal meats, dairy foods, eggs, peanuts and nori seaweed
Always refer to the measuring instructions on the formula label as mixing directions have changed on the most recent production run.
Refer to "Dry" Measuring Spoon chart below if scoop is not available.
|"DRY" MEASURING SPOON|
|TO MAKE:||FORMULA POWDER:||ADD WATER:|
|2 fl oz bottle||3½ teaspoons||2 fl oz|
|4 fl oz bottle||7 teaspoons||4 fl oz|
|6 fl oz bottle||3 Tablespoons, plus 1½ teaspoons||6 fl oz|
|8 fl oz bottle||5 Tablespoons||8 fl oz|
Refer to chart below if metric measurements are necessary.
|TO MAKE:||FORMULA POWDER:||ADD WATER:|
|30 ml container||4.25 gms||30 ml|
|120 ml container||17 gms||120 ml|
|240 ml container||34 gms||240 ml|