Breast milk is made up of both phospholipids and triglycerides. All other formulas only contain triglycerides formulated with vegetable oil blends and life’sDHA™, but are void of phospholipids. Nature's One® believes adding a phospholipid to formula achieves a more natural fatty acid profile compared to other organic and conventional formulas brands.
Linoleic acid (LA) and linolenic acid (ALA) are essential fats. They are considered “essential” because the body cannot make them and they must be provided by the foods we eat. LA and ALA are also considered precursor fats because the body uses these fats to make the nonessential fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA). Formulas contain LA and ALA because they are necessary for the growth and development of cells, especially in the brain, nerve and eye tissues.
The organic oils used in Baby’s Only Organic formula assure the appropriate amounts of LA and ALA. These organic oils include high oleic sunflower or safflower oil, soybean oil, and coconut oil.
Nature's One® Formulas Do Not Contain life'sDHA™
In 2001, US 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 formula and baby food.
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 babies 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 babies when fed formulas containing life’sDHA™. The entire Cornucopia Institute’s report can be found at Cornucopia.org.
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.
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
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 baby formula." 1
Most importantly, nucleotides added to conventional and organic 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.
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.
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Organic Coconut Oil
Babies and young children need different types of healthy fat for growth and development. Vegetable oils in formula are a source of fat. Baby’s Only Organic Formulas contain a blend of three organic vegetable oils: Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil and Organic Coconut Oil. The 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 in Baby’s Only Organic Formulas.
There are some organic and conventional formulas that contain palm oil or palm olein oil. (Palm olein oil is made from palm oil.) Palm olein oil as a predominant fat source in some formulas has been shown to cause decreased calcium and fat absorption which can result in both lower bone mineralization and harder stool formation or constipation.1, 2, 3 Baby’s Only Organic Formulas do not contain palm oil or palm olein oil.
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
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.