Baby's Only Organic LactoRelief™ with DHA & ARA Ingredients & Quality

Baby's Only Organic LactoRelief with DHA & ARA Ingredients

Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Milk Protein Concentrate, Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Organic High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Brown Rice Maltodextrin, Organic Coconut Oil, Egg Lecithin (Source of DHA & ARA), Potassium Citrate, Organic Vanilla, Sodium Chloride, Calcium Ascorbate (Vit. C), Calcium Carbonate, Monopotassium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Citrate, Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Phosphate, Vitamin C Palmitate, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, Inositol, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Niacinamide, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vit. B1), Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Sodium Selenate, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3, Phylloquinone (Vit. K1), Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12).                                        

Allergen Information

Contains milk, soy, and coconut ingredients.

Gluten Free. Suitable for lactose intolerance.

Do not use for children with Galactosemia. Instead, use Baby's Only Organic® Soy Formula.

No detectable egg allergen.

Made without GMO ingredients and 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 rBST dairy. No BPA used in packaging.

Carbohydrates

Brand

Carbohydrate Source

Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA

90% Organic Brown Rice Syrup

 

10% Organic Rice Maltodextrin

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 the first few years of life. So it is important for a child to get appropriate amounts of carbohydrates from good sources.

In some cases, the carbohydrate lactose can overwhelm a baby's ability to digest this milk-sugar and cause gassiness, bloating and a very unhappy baby. If your baby is experiencing these symptoms, consult with your healthcare professional to determine whether a low lactose or soy formula may be recommended. If parents are lactose sensitive, it is not unusual for a baby to inherit this same intolerance.

To accommodate children who may have lactose intolerance, especially after a gastrointestinal illness, we chose to use organic brown rice syrup as the main carbohydrate in Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas. Baby’s Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA formula contains approximately 90% organic brown rice syrup and 10% rice maltodextrin. Rice is gluten-free and is known to be a relatively non-allergenic food and is well tolerated by babies. In fact, rice is the least allergenic of all grains. Both sources of carbohydrates provide a steady supply to meet baby’s energy needs without the use of sucrose or corn syrup.  

Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA is a milk based formula, but the lactose or milk sugar has been removed using an enzyme process that is allowed by the USDA National Organic Program.

All other non-dairy formulas contain corn syrup solids (also called glucose syrup) and some major brands add simple sugar (sucrose) for carbohydrate. Simple carbohydrates are quickly digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, increasing insulin levels. A more complex carbohydrate, such as those in 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.

  1. Demmers TA, Jones PJH, Wang Y, et al, "Effects of early cholesterol intake on cholesterol biosynthesis and plasma lipids among infants until 18 months of age," Pediatrics, 2005; 115: 1594-1601.

DHA & ARA Fatty Acids

Brand

DHA Fatty Acid

Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA

Egg Lecithin (egg phospholipid)

Not all sources of DHA and ARA are biologically equivalent nor tolerated, absorbed and assimilated by a baby's body equally. The human body metabolizes or uses phospholipids differently from triglycerides. Because triglycerides such as those in single cell organism oils (branded as life'sDHA™) are not soluble in water, they must be broken down and held in suspension – a process called emulsification – and require bile acids for digestion before they can be absorbed in the intestinal tract and then used by the body.

Because of their chemical structure, phospholipids have both hydrophilic (water soluble) and lipophilic (fat soluble) properties and are not reliant on bile acids for digestion. They form smaller droplets in the intestinal tract and are more easily absorbed in the intestinal tract and offer greater bioavailability. 1 13

The use of egg phospholipids in formula has been widely studied. 2 - 13 A few highlights of these studies have shown the following:

  • In a study with premature babies, DHA from egg phospholipid was better absorbed than DHA from single cell organism triglyceride oil. 7
  • DHA from egg phospholipid increased red blood cell levels in babies and improved visual acuity. 11
  • Babies fed a formula with egg phospholipid had a lower incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (death of intestinal tissue). 6

Nature's One selected an egg phospholipid source of DHA and ARA for Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula for its superior and documented benefits compared to life'sDHA™, which is being used today in all other formulas sold in the United States.

  1. Parmentier K, Mahmoud KAS, Linder M, Fanni J. "Polar lipids: n-3 PUFA carriers for membranes and brain: nutritional interest and emerging processes," OCL (Oleagineux Corps Gras Lipides). 2007; 14:224-229.
    2. Agostoni C, Trojan S, Bellu R, et al. "Neurodevelopmental quotient of healthy term infants at 4 months and feeding practice: the role of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids," Pediatric Research. 1995; 38:262-266.
    3. Agostoni C, Trojan S, Bellu R, et al. "Developmental quotient at 24 months and fatty acid composition of diet in early infancy: a follow-up study," Archives of Diseases in Childhood. 1997; 76:421-424.
    4. Amate L, Gil A, Ramirez M. "Feeding infant piglets formula with long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids as triacylglycerols or phospholipids influences the distribution of these fatty acids in plasma lipoprotein fractions," Journal of Nutrition. 2001; 131:1250-1255.
    5. Bouwstra H, Dijck-Brouwer DAJ, Wildeman JAL, et al. "Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids have a positive effect on the quality of general movements of healthy term infants," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2003; 78:313-318.
    6. Carlson SE, Montalto MB, Ponder DL, et al. "Lower incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis in infants fed a preterm formula with egg phospholipids," Pediatric Research. 1998; 44:491-498.
    7. Carnielli VP, Luijendijk IHT, Van Goudoever JB, et al. "Feeding premature newborn infants palmitic acid in amount and stereoisomeric position similar to that of human milk: effects on fat and mineral balance," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1995; 61:1037-1042.
    8. Forsyth JS, Willatts P, Agostoni C, et al. "Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in infant formula and blood pressure in later childhood: follow-up of a randomized controlled trial," British Medical Journal. 2003; 326:953-955.
    9. Lopez-Pedrosa JM, Ramirez M, Torres MI, Gil A. "Dietary phospholipids rich in long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid improve the repair of small intestine in malnourished piglets," Journal of Nutrition. 1999; 129:1149-1155.
    10. Morgan C, Davies L, Corcoran F, et al. "Fatty acid balance studies in term infants fed formula milk containing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids," Acta Paediatrica. 1998; 87:136-142.
    11. Watson, RR, editor. Fatty Acids in Health Promotion and Disease Causation. Urbana, Illinois: AOCS Press, 2009: 804.
    12. Wijendran V, Huang MC, Diau GY, et al. "Efficacy of dietary arachidonic acid provided as triglyceride of phospholipid as substrate for brain arachidonic acid accretion in baboon neonates," Pediatric Research. 2002; 51:263-264.
    13. Willatts P, Dijck-Brouwer DAJ, Wildeman JAL, et al. "Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids have a positive effect on the quality of general movements of healthy term infants," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2003; 78:313-318.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is an important part of a healthy body because it is used to form cell membranes, some hormones and is needed for other body functions. The main concern with intake of cholesterol is that a high level of cholesterol in the blood — hypercholesterolemia — is a major risk factor for coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attacks.

However, breast milk contains good amounts of cholesterol. 1 There is some scientific thinking that cholesterol in breast milk may be nature's way of helping a baby's body learn to deal with cholesterol intake later in life and may have a protective cardiovascular effect. Research is being done in the area of cholesterol intake during early childhood and potential health benefits later in life. This research is also investigating whether cholesterol should be added to standard formulas.

Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula contains 2 milligrams of cholesterol per 100 Calories (a 5 ounce serving). The cholesterol comes from the egg yolk phospholipid used as the source of DHA and ARA. The total cholesterol content of the diet will depend on what other foods babies consume as part of their daily diet once complementary foods are added to the daily meal plan. For comparison purposes, one large chicken egg contains approximately 215 milligrams of cholesterol.

Martek 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® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula source of DHA and ARA is 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

Egg Allergy

Allergies to certain foods are caused by the body's reaction to the protein component of a food. The DHA and ARA in Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula are sourced from egg yolk phospholipids, the fat component of the egg yolk. As an extra precaution, this product is tested egg allergen free by a third party laboratory. Most often an egg allergy is caused by the egg white, the major protein portion of an egg, rather than the yolk. Due to the fact that only the fat or phospholipids (not protein) portion of the egg yolk is used and also because of the high quality and purity of the egg lecithin used, this product is free of egg allergen. If a child has a history of food allergies, consultation with the child's healthcare provider is always recommended before use of any new food including Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula.

Egg Lecithin

Lecithin was first discovered in egg yolk in 1846 by the French scientist Maurice Gobley. He named it "lekithos" which is Greek for "egg yolk". 1 Lecithin is a phospholipid and a major component of human cell membranes. It is not an essential nutrient because the body can make lecithin as well as absorb it from the foods we eat. In food manufacturing, lecithin is used as an emulsifier, an ingredient that helps to blend other ingredients in a mixture and prevents them, especially fats and oils, from separating out of a mixture. An example of an emulsifier is egg yolk used in mayonnaise where the egg yolk stabilizes the other ingredients to prevent separation.

Since the 1930's, soy oil has become the major and less expensive source of lecithin used in food manufacturing. However, lecithin from egg yolk and lecithin from soy oil are different in chemical structure. Although both are phospholipids, egg yolk lecithin contains DHA and ARA whereas soy oil lecithin does not. Use of egg lecithin in Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula offers the advantage of a safe and natural source of DHA and ARA plus the added bonus of being an emulsifier to ensure good fat dispersion throughout the powdered formula.

Triglycerides

A triglyceride, also known as a triacylglycerol, is a type of fat and consists of one glycerol molecule to which 3 fatty acids are attached. Triglycerides are found in animal fats and plant oils and are not soluble in water. Triglycerides are digested and absorbed in the small intestine. Because they are not soluble in water, bile salts are required for their digestion.

The DHA and ARA that comes from single cell organism oils derived from algae and fungus are fatty acids on the triglyceride molecule. These are the ingredient sources of DHA and ARA used to supplement all formulas, except for Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula. Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula contains DHA and ARA derived from phospholipids instead of triglycerides.

Phospholipids

Phospholipids have a structure like triglycerides but contain a phosphate group in place of the third fatty acid. Phospholipids are found in foods; good sources include egg yolks and soybeans. Because of the phosphate group, a phospholipid is capable of dissolving in water molecules and is therefore soluble in water. Unlike triglycerides, bile acids are not required for their digestion and absorption in the small intestine. Phospholipids are important structural components of human cell membranes. Phospholipids are to human cells what cellulose and lignin are to plants. They help to form the structure of the cell. All human cells contain a double layer of phospholipids. Also, when molecules such as proteins move across the cell membrane, phospholipids help their entrance. Therefore, phospholipids affect cell membrane flexibility, transfer of nutrients across the cell membrane, and how cells communicate with each other.

The egg phospholipids contain DHA and ARA as the fatty acids on the phospholipid molecule. Nature's One® uses egg phospholipids in it Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula.

GRAS

The DHA and ARA used in Baby's Only Organic® is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). This source of DHA and ARA are derived from egg yolk, and are considered GRAS. The hens are fed a vegetarian, non-GMO diet that is chemical-free and antibiotic-free.

Protein

The protein source in Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula is organic milk protein concentrate. Organic milk protein concentrate is produced from organic skim milk through a process involving filtration, evaporation and drying. No harsh chemicals are used during processing. Organic milk protein concentrate is also pasteurized to assure that the product contains no pathogenic organisms. The organic skim milk used is from organic dairy herds that do not receive any antibiotics or growth hormone stimulants. Another feature of organic milk protein concentrate is it retains a nice amount of calcium from the organic skim milk thus helping to meet a child’s calcium needs for growing bones.

Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA Formula contains 2.0 grams of protein per 100 calorie (5 fl oz) serving.

 

Kosher

Brand

Kosher Status

Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA

Kosher

 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.

 

Vegetable Oils

Brand

Vegetable Oils

Baby's Only Organic® LactoRelief® with DHA & ARA

Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil & 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 PublicInterest, May, 2005.

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