Fatty Acid source PediaSmart
The proprietary fat blend in PediaSmart® consists of organic high oleic sunflower oil, organic linoleic sunflower oil, organic canola oil, and organic coconut oil. These oils provide an appropriate level of alpha-linolenic and linoleic fatty acids that the human body can convert to DHA and ARA; fatty acids known to support brain and eye retina development. All of these organic oils used in PediaSmart® are expeller-expressed. This is a natural process that basically presses the oil from the source.
Conventionally processed oils use hexane solvents to extract the oils (a petroleum by-product of gasoline refining). This harsh process then requires the oil to be flashed with fire to burn off the hexane solvents. Hexane residues can remain in the finished oils. We believe that hexane has no place in a child’s diet – even if only a residue. Also, USDA organic rules prohibit the use of solvent-extracted vegetable oils. So PediaSmart® would not be labeled organic if we selected conventionally processed vegetable oils.
PediaSmart® contains 9 grams of fat per 8 ounce serving. PediaSmart® contains 1500 milligrams of linoleic fatty acid and 175 milligrams of linolenic fatty acid per 8 ounce serving.