Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA Formula source of DHA and ARA is derived from egg yolk phospholipids (also called egg lecithin), a safe and natural source of these fatty acids. Nature’s One® has chosen to use egg phospholipid over life’sDHA™ algal oils because it is a phospholipid and not a hexane processed triglyceride. The phospholipids from these eggs are allowed in organic products because nothing synthetic is used to extract the phospholipids. Unlike life’sDHA™ (used in most other infant formulas), no hexane or other harsh chemicals are used in the extraction process. Instead, the DHA and ARA are obtained by a USDA National Organic Program allowed extraction process without the use of harsh chemicals.
The use of egg phospholipids in human nutrition, especially infant nutrition, has been widely studied. It is well understood that phospholipids form smaller droplets 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 formula already provides abundant triglycerides, Nature's One® believes adding a phospholipid to formula achieves a fatty acid profile more similar to breast milk; rather than adding more triglycerides as found in Martek's life’sDHA oils.