Now Available with Hexane-Free DHA & ARA
Organic Dairy Formula with DHA & ARA
Nature's One® is proud to offer the only formula that contains USDA organic-compliant DHA. Other organic and conventional formulas contain life'sDHA™ oils, which are controversial ingredients extracted using hexane solvent and treated with acid, and bleach.
Phospholipids vs Triglycerides (Fatty Acids)
The DHA used by Nature's One® is a fatty acid from egg yolk, while other formulas use DHA derived from algae and fungus, which is a triglyceride. The use of egg phospholipids in human nutrition has been widely studied and understood to be more easily absorbed and offer greater bioavailability than DHA from the form of triglycerides. Contact us for more information and studies.
Phospholipids Balance Fatty Acids
Breast milk is made up of both phospholipids and triglycerides. All other organic formulas only contain triglycerides formulated with vegetable oil blends and Martek’s life’sDHA, but are void of phospholipids. Nature's One® believes adding a phospholipid to formula achieves a more natural fatty acid profile and supports brain development.
The Best Organic Start
Nature’s One believes breast milk is the baby’s best organic option. Baby’s Only Organic is intended for toddlers 1-year and older or as directed by a healthcare professional. After formula feeding or breast feeding the first year, Baby’s Only Organic formula is a good nutritional choice to assure continuation of strong growth and development.
Compare 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 inferior ingredients. Nature’s One only uses high quality ingredients.
Meets the American Academy of Pediatrics Nutritional Guidelines
Baby’s Only Organic® formulas meet the nutritional requirements of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for daily intake.
Baby’s Only Organic® is a better nutritional choice than goat or cow’s milk or other fortified beverages. Baby’s Only Organic provides complete organic nutrition as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics with essential fatty acids needed to support rapid brain development. For toddler’s who need added calories or have developed a sense of taste and flavors, consider offering PediaSmart® Chocolate or Vanilla nutritional formulas.Supplementing Breast Milk
Use 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?
Nature’s One believes breast milk is the baby’s best organic option. Baby’s Only Organic is intended for a toddler 1-year of age and older or as directed by a healthcare professional. After formula feeding or breast feeding the first year, Baby’s Only Organic formula is a good nutritional choice to assure continuation of strong growth and development.
We also understand that long term breastfeeding is not feasible for every mother. Therefore, we formulated Baby’s Only Organic formula to meet the American Academy of Pediatrics nutritional recommendations. Baby’s Only Organic Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula provides the correct balance of proteins, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals needed to support normal growth and development of a young child.
- What specifically are DHA and ARA?
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is an omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA). ARA (arachidonic acid) is an omega-6 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA). Both are non-essential fatty acids because the human body has the capability of making them from other available fats already consumed. DHA is made from linolenic fatty acid and ARA is made from linoleic fatty acid. Linolenic and linoleic fatty acids are essential fatty acids meaning that the body cannot make them and they must be provided through the foods we eat.
Food sources of DHA include cold water fish and their oils, egg yolks, and organ meats such as liver. ARA is found mostly in animal products, such as eggs, meat and some fish such as tilapia and catfish.
- Why does Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy now contain DHA & ARA?
Nature’s One® has provided its Baby’s Only Essentials® DHA & ARA Supplement since 2006. Through popular demand, Nature’s One® is offering its customers the convenience of Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula already supplemented with DHA & ARA.
There are presently no recommendations from the FDA or the American Academy of Pediatrics on the specific amounts of DHA and ARA needed daily in the diets of babies and young children. The reason is that a full term, healthy baby has the capability of making the non-essential fatty acids DHA and ARA from two essential fatty acids, linolenic fatty acid and linoleic fatty acid, which are in all formulas, including our Baby’s Only Organic® formulas. Also, the current medical literature is conflicting when it comes to the necessity of adding DHA & ARA to formula.1 However, 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 babies and young children, most formulas are now fortified with DHA and ARA.
The fat blend of Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula meets regulatory requirements and is appropriately supplemented with a 1:2 ratio of DHA and ARA. It contains 6mg of DHA and 12mg of 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
- 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
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 a 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 babies receive DHA and ARA from breast milk and studies show that breast-fed babies typically have higher blood levels of DHA and ARA in comparison to babies fed formulas without DHA and ARA. 4, 5 This has raised the question as to whether DHA and ARA supplementation is needed in 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 babies and young children, most 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.
- What fats are needed for babies and young children?
Babies receive all of the different types of fats needed for growth and development from breast milk. The fat content of a formula is designed based on the estimated amounts and types of fats in breast milk. As a comparison, the fat composition of breast milk can supply as much as 50% of the calories but fat content is greatly influenced by mother’s diet and stage of lactation. Breast milk provides a good supply of essential fatty acids (linoleic and linolenic) as well.
Formula Requirements for Total Fat:
Total Fat Minimum Maximum Total Fat per 5 fl oz of Formula 3.3 grams
(30% of total fat)
(54% of total fat)
Formula Requirements for Essential Fatty Acids:
Essential Fatty Acids per 5 fl oz of Formula Minimum Maximum Linoleic Fatty Acid 300 mg
(2.7% total calories)
No Max Required Linolenic Fatty Acid No Min Required No Max Required
The Institute of Medicine recommends a formula contain the levels of omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids estimated to be in breast milk. Breast milk provides approximately 500 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids and 4.4 grams of omega-6 fatty acids per day. The actual amounts will vary depending upon a mother’s diet and her stage of lactation.
Institute of Medicine recommendation for Non-Essential Fatty Acids1:
Essential & Non-Essential Fatty Acids Omega-3 Fatty Acids
(from Linolenic & DHA fatty acids)
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
(from Linoleic & ARA fatty acids)
Children 1 to 3 years old 700 mg 7.0 grams
The American Academy of Pediatrics has not determined that DHA and ARA, non-essential fatty acids, are needed in a formula, almost all standard formulas today contain these added fats. At present there are no specific recommendations on how much DHA and ARA are needed daily for healthy full term babies and young children. However, a ratio of 1:2 for DHA and ARA is thought to be important for a child less than two years of age.2
The fat blend of Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA Formula meets the nutritional requirements for a baby, the omega-3 and omega-6 daily adequate intakes, and the 1:2 ratio of DHA to ARA:
Baby's Only Organic® Fatty Acid Blend:
Essential & Non-Essential
Total Fat: 5.3 grams
Per 5 fl oz of formula
Total Fat Blend
Per 5 fl oz of formula
Essential Fatty Acid
Omega-3 that converts to DHA
organic high oleic sunflower and/or
organic high oleic safflower oil;
organic soybean oil;
organic coconut oil
128 mg DHA
Non-Essential Fatty Acid
tested egg allergen free
6 mg Linoleic
Essential Fatty Acid
Omega-3 that converts to ARA
organic high oleic sunflower and/or
organic high oleic safflower oil;
organic soybean oil;
organic coconut oil
1000 mg ARA
Non-Essential Fatty Acid
tested egg allergen free
Once a child graduates to the family diet, an adequate intake of these fatty acids is usually provided by consuming a healthy diet of good foods and beverages with an appropriate amount of fats. The American Heart Association (AHA) suggests keeping total fat intake between 30 to 35 percent of calories for children 2 to 3 years of age with most fats coming from sources of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids, such as fish, nuts and vegetable oils.3 A daily diet of Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA &ARA Formula along with age appropriate and healthy foods can meet the AHA guidelines.
1. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. Washington, D.C.:National Academies Press, 2002.
2. Newton, IS. “Long-chain fatty acids in health and nutrition,” Journal of Food Lipids. 1996; 3:233.
3. Sourced July 17, 2011 from: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/Dietary-Recommendations-for-Healthy-Children_UCM_303886_Article.jsp
- What studies have been conducted to confirm the safety of Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA Formula?
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula meets the nutritional standards of the American Academy of Pediatrics. These requirements are based on years of clinical research on the appropriate nutrient composition for a breast milk substitute. All ingredients used in Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula are well known and have been safely used in pediatric nutrition for decades. Baby’s Only Organic® formulas do not contain any novel ingredients such as life’sDHA or GMO ingredients.
The use of egg phospholipids in formula has been widely studied. 1 - 12 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. 6
- DHA from egg phospholipid increased red blood cell levels in babies and improved visual acuity. 10
- Babies fed a formula with egg phospholipid had a lower incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (infection of the intestine). 5
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. Watson, RR, editor. Fatty Acids in Health Promotion and Disease Causation. Urbana, Illinois: AOCS Press, 2009: 804.
11. 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.
12. 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.
- When should eggs be introduced into an infant’s diet?
The most recent recommendation from the Academy of Pediatrics is that eggs can be given to babies when complementary foods are added to the diet. 1 However, the DHA and ARA used in Baby’s Only Organic® formula has been tested egg allergen free by a third party laboratory.
1. Greer FR, Sicherer SH, Burks AW, and the Committee on Nutrition and Section on Allergy and Immunology, “Effects of early nutritional interventions on the development of atopic disease in infants and children: the role of maternal dietary restriction, breastfeeding, timing of introduction of complementary foods, and hydrolyzed formulas,” Pediatrics, 2008; 121: 183-191.
- Is there any concern about egg allergy from egg phospholipid (DHA & ARA)?
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® Dairy with DHA 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. Because 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® Dairy with DHA Formula.
- What are the differences between Fish Oil, Egg Yolk Lipids, Algal/Fungal Oil?
There are 3 different sources that can be used for DHA and ARA in formulas – fish oil, egg yolk lipids, and microalgal oils for DHA and fungal oils for ARA.
Fish Oil: Because studies have shown that preterm babies supplemented with fish oil weighed less at various times during the first year of life compared to babies given a formula without the supplemental fish oil, fish oils have not yet been used as a source of DHA in formulas. 1
Egg Yolk Phospholipids: Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy 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 organic compliant phospholipid and not a hexane processed triglyceride.
The use of egg phospholipids in human nutrition, especially pediatric 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 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, 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.
Algal & Fungal Oils: 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’sDHA™. Martek’s scientists published reports on these novel fatty acids and identified them as being triglycerides. 2, 3 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.” 4
Nature’s One® has never added life’sDHA™ to any of its formulas. This is because harsh toxic chemicals, like hexane solvent, are used to extract life’sDHA™ oils and the processing involves genetically modified organisms (GMOs). 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. Nature’s One® believes these ingredients have no place in any organic products, especially one designed for babies and young children. Therefore, unlike competing sources of DHA & ARA commonly used in formula, Nature’s One® uses a manufacturing process that is completely free of hexane solvents and does not use materials or components derived from GMOs at any stage in the production process.
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 www.cornucopia.org
1. Carlson, SE, Cooke, RJ, Werkman, SH et al. “First year growth of preterm infants fed standard compared to marine oil n-3 supplemented formula,” Lipids. 1992; 27:901-907
2. Arterburn LM, Boswell KD, Koskelo E, et al. “A combined subchronic (90-day) toxicity and neurotoxicity study of a single-cell source of docosahexaenoic acid triglyceride (DHASCO oil),” Food and Chemical Toxicology. 2000; 38(1):35-49.
3. Arterburn LM, Boswell KD, Lawlor T, et al. “In vitro genotoxicity testing of ARASCO and DHASCO oils,” Food and Chemical Toxicology. 2000; 38(11):971-976.
4. Sam Zeller, Ph.D.; Martek Biosciences Corporation, Food & Drug Administration Agency Response Letter, GRAS Notice No. GRN 000137
- Why does Baby’s Only Organic® contain less DHA & ARA?
There are presently no specific recommendations on how much DHA and ARA are needed in a baby's formula. Because phospholipids are better absorbed than triglycerides, the amounts present in Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula and the 1:2 ratio of DHA to ARA are appropriate and safe and within the guidelines of the Institute of Medicine. 1.
Remember, a full-term healthy baby has the capability of converting the essential fatty acids (linolenic and linoleic) to DHA and ARA. High doses of omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and omega-6 fatty acids like ARA can cause gastrointestinal upset, loose stools or diarrhea.2 Excessive amounts of DHA could also cause some disruption to the immune system and excessive bleeding. 2
The typical American diet with reliance on highly processed foods and fatty foods is high in omega-6 fats and low in omega-3 fats resulting in chronic diseases such as diabetes and coronary heart disease later in life. Current recommendations suggest increasing the amounts of omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy diet and providing a better balance or ratio between omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. 3 The levels of DHA and ARA added to Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula are not considered high and also are in an appropriate ratio to promote good growth and development in babies and young children.
With the addition of DHA and ARA from algal and fungal sources (branded as life’sDHA™) to formulas, a number of adverse reaction reports have been submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration. 4 These reports document that feeding a formula containing life’sDHA™ resulted in a number of babies suffering gassiness, diarrhea, excessive spit up, and fussiness. When the babies were provided a formula without these DHA and ARA sources, the babies no longer exhibited the adverse symptoms. For these reasons, Nature’s One has selected an egg yolk phospholipid source for the DHA and ARA in Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula and in an appropriate 1:2 ratio.
DHA & ARA Composition Source DHA (mg) ARA (mg) Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Phospholipids 6 12
1. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press, 2002.
2. Sourced July 17, 2011 from: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/othernuts/omega3fa/
3. Sourced July 31, 2011 from: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega-6-000317.htm
4. Sourced July 31, 2011 from: http://www.cornucopia.org/DHA/AdverseReactionReports.pdf
- Does the DHA & ARA in Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy formula deliver the same amount of DHA as the supplement?
Yes. The typical baby consumes 27 to 32 fluid ounces of formula per day. A typical daily consumption of Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA Formula would include 32mg to 38mg of DHA respectively. Baby’s Only Essentials® DHA & ARA Supplement’s recommended use includes one to two packets daily for children 1 to 3 years of age. The consumption of two packets of this product totals 30mg of DHA per day.
- 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 babies 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 unpacked, level scoops of powdered formula with the appropriate amount of water. Use a knife to level the powdered formula. Packed or mounded scoops can result in too much powder being used causing the formula to become overly concentrated. This could cause problems such as constipation. If you are using teaspoons, tablespoons, and/or measuring cups to measure the powder, again please be sure to use unpacked, level amounts of powder. These measuring spoons or cups are those one would use for measuring ingredients when baking or cooking and should not be household eating utensil spoons or drinking cups.
- Please note that scoop and tablespoon/cup measuring is variable. Studies conducted with adults found that everyone measures and scoops formula powder differently, and in fact, the same person scoops/measures differently across different occasions. All formula measuring instructions are designed to nutritionally accommodate this "human error." However, the only way to precisely measure an exact amount of formula would be to use a gram scale, found in most kitchen stores, for the powder and a calibrated milliliter device for measuring the water.
- 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 a baby 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.
- Is Baby's Only Organic® with DHA & ARA 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.
The eggs used for Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula are organic compliant and come from hens raised in a healthy, non-caged, tightly controlled environment and fed a special all natural non-GMO vegetarian diet. They are not sourced from mass production egg farms. In fact, the eggs’ purity is so high that they are also used for pharmaceutical purposes such as growing vaccines and carriers for injections.
The phospholipids from these eggs are organic compliant because nothing synthetic is used to extract the phospholipids. Unlike life’sDHA™ (used in formulas), no hexane or other harsh chemicals are used in the extraction process. Instead organic compliant processes are used to extract the DHA and ARA from the egg yolk.
- 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 Organic® 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 intended for a toddler 1-year of age and older or as directed 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.
- 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 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 used in our light-weight canisters are BPA-free. This includes the "easy-open" lid.
Environmentally Friendly Packaging
Our 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 babies, toddlers and children and will always use the highest quality ingredients and materials available to produce and package its organic pediatric products.
- INGREDIENT FACTS
- Organic Ingredients
- Allergen Information
- DHA & ARA Fatty Acids
- Egg Allergy
- Egg Lecithin
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Martek life'sDHA™
- Taurine, Selenium & Iron
- Vegetable Oils
- % Whey & Casein
Organic Brown Rice Syrup*, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Organic High Oleic Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Egg Lecithin (Source of DHA & ARA), Organic Vanilla, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Ascorbate (Vit. C), Organic Soy Lecithin, Calcium Citrate, Choline Bitartrate, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, Inositol, Vitamin C Palmitate, d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E), Natural Mixed Tocopherols, 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 inorganic 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.
- How do organic ingredients differ from conventional ingredients?
Organic certification is assurance that the ingredients used in Baby's Only Organic® are not genetically modified, processed with harsh chemicals like sulfur dioxide and hexane, and contain nothing artificial. Organic farming methods prohibit the use of synthetic herbicides & insecticides. Organic dairy farms do not treat cows with bovine growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics and only feed cows organic grains and grasses. Nature’s One carefully selects all ingredients for purity and quality.
- Why do children benefit from an organic diet?
The importance of an organic diet is becoming more and more evident, especially for children. Children are most vulnerable to chemical pesticide exposure because they drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air on a per unit weight basis when compared with adults. Children also metabolize, detoxify, or excrete environmental agents differently than adults. Exposure to harmful pesticides at an early age can cause developmental and behavioral problems. A recent study linked organophosphate pesticide exposure to attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).1 Federal law does not allow organic farmers to use these toxic pesticides.
1. Bouchard MF et al, "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and urinary metabolites of organophosphate pesticides." Pediatrics, 2010; 125:1270-1277.
- Are organic foods more nutritious?
Organic foods may also be more nutritious. Although there continues to be debate about this claim, many studies have reported the nutritional superiority of a number of organic foods versus their non-organic counterparts. For example, organic milk can contain more desirable fatty acids and antioxidants than found in conventionally produced milk.2 Agricultural scientists continue to investigate the nutritional superiority of organically grown foods, especially their higher content of many antioxidants.
Learn more about the benefits of organic...
1. Butler G et al, "Fatty acid and fat-soluble antioxidant concentrations in milk from high- and low-input conventional organic systems: seasonal variation." J Sci Food Agric. 2008; 88:1431-1441.
|Baby's Only Organic®||65% Organic Brown Rice Syrup &
35% Naturally Occurring Organic Lactose
- Why did Nature’s One choose organic brown rice syrup as a carbohydrate source?
Nature’s One chose organic brown syrup, in addition to naturally occurring lactose, as a carbohydrate source because rice is:
- Gluten free
- Known to be a relatively non allergenic food
- Well tolerated
- The least allergenic of all grains
- A complex carbohydrate versus a simple carbohydrate (sugar)
- What are the benefits of using a complex carbohydrate such as organic brown rice syrup versus other carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates are an important part of the diet for babies because carbohydrates are the primary source of fuel for the body and brain. There are two types of carbohydrates; complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates (also known as simple sugars). The organic brown rice syrup used in Baby’s Only Organic is a complex carbohydrate where as glucose, lactose and sucrose found in other formulas are simple carbohydrates. Corn syrup is also a simple carbohydrate. The benefits of a complex carbohydrate versus a simple carbohydrate include:
- Slower rate of digestion
- Release of energy over a longer period of time
- Energy and hunger levels are stabilized
- Possible decreased risk of weight gain and/or dental carries
- What is the difference between naturally occurring organic lactose and organic lactose?
Lactose is a milk sugar which can naturally be present or added to a food product. The lactose that is present in Baby’s Only Organic Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula comes naturally from the organic cow’s milk. No additional lactose has been added to the formula. Most dairy formulas on the market contain added lactose as a carbohydrate source which may cause some concern if a baby is sensitive to lactose. Consuming too much lactose if a baby is sensitive may cause gassiness and bloating and make for a very unhappy baby.
|Baby's Only Organic®||Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil and/or Organic 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 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 casein and 82% is whey.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 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
A 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 formula to bring the whey to casein ratio closer to breast milk in the belief that a 60:40 ratio is better for a baby 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 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 with DHA & ARA Formulas are Easily Digested
Standard dairy-based formulas such as Baby's Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA formula derive their protein from non-fat cow's milk without added whey. So these formulas are considered casein-predominant formulas. Healthy term babies have no problem digesting the casein found in standard dairy-based, casein predominant formulas such as Baby's Only Organic® Dairy Formula with DHA & ARA .4,5,6,7
Pediatric nutrition experts have stated:
- "For a term healthy baby, 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 babies"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 babies. These symptoms can arise in babies 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 babies. 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 American Academy of Pediatrics along with the Food and Drug Administration specifies the level of protein and minerals that must be in a formula. These levels assure that the renal solute load of all ormulas 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 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 with DHA & ARA Formula have been used for decades and have supported good growth and development in healthy term babies.
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|
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.
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® Dairy 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® Dairy 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.
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.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 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 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 nutrition for babues, 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 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, formulas contain high levels of triglycerides formulated with vegetable oil blends (sunflower/safflower, coconut & soy oil), but are void of phospholipids. Knowing 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
Contains milk, soy, and coconut ingredients
No detectable egg allergen.
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.
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 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.
|Baby's Only Organic® Dairy||Kosher|
|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.
- Lipids (Fats)
There is so much in the media about good fats, bad fats, essential fatty acids, triglycerides, cholesterol and differences in fats. It is hard for a person to know how to distinguish between fats and what is the most healthful to consume, especially for babies and young children. Here is a brief review of the types of fats to assist in understanding fats and their role in nutrition for babies and young children.
Fats are also called lipids and some are referred to as fatty acids, cholesterol, triglycerides or phospholipids depending on their chemical structure.
The basic chemical structure of a fat is a carbon chain to which oxygen is attached at one end of the chain and hydrogen is attached along the chain. Fats are classified as saturated or unsaturated depending upon whether the carbon chain is filled or saturated with hydrogen bonds or not filled (unsaturated) with hydrogen bonds. Solid forms of fat such as lard and butter are high in saturated fats. Liquid forms of fat such as vegetable oils, fluid at room temperature, are high in unsaturated fats.
Unsaturated fats can be further classified as monounsaturated meaning there is only one area on the carbon chain not filled with hydrogen or polyunsaturated meaning more than one area on the carbon chain is not filled with hydrogen. Polyunsaturated fatty acids can also be short, medium, or long chain depending upon the length of the carbon chain. Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (also called LCPUFAs), such as DHA and ARA, have been receiving increased attention in maternal and child nutrition.
An unsaturated fatty acid can be further classified by where the first hydrogen bond is located on the carbon chain such as an omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acid. The beginning of the carbon chain on which oxygen is attached is called the alpha end. The end of the carbon chain is called the omega end. For an omega-3 unsaturated fatty acid, the third carbon from the omega end of the carbon chain is not filled or bonded to hydrogen. For an omega-6 fatty acid, this occurs at the sixth carbon position.
Unsaturated fatty acids can also be classified by how the body uses or makes them. Unsaturated fatty acids can be essential or non-essential. Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from the diet. There are two essential fatty acids, linolenic fatty acid (an omega-3) and linoleic (an omega-6), both being required in a formula. The body has the capability of making non-essential fatty acids. The two non-essential fatty acids of more recent interest in nutrition for children are DHA made from linolenic fatty acid and ARA made from linoleic acid.
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® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula. Baby's Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula and Baby's Only Essentials® DHA & ARA Fatty Acid Supplement contain DHA and ARA derived from phospholipids instead of triglycerides.
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® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula and Baby's Only Essentials® DHA & ARA Fatty Acid Supplement.
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® Dairy 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.
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.
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® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula offers the advantage of a safe, natural, and organic compliant source of DHA and ARA plus the added bonus of being an emulsifier to ensure good fat dispersion throughout the powdered formula.
1. Sourced July 31, 2011 from: http://www.lecithinguide.info/structure-of-lecithin.html
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® Dairy 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® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula.
The DHA and ARA used in Baby's Only Organic® is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). This organic compliant 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.
- 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 babies, children, and adults. In 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 babies 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 babies, 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: 5 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, and early childhood. Choline is an essential nutrient necessary for the structure and function of all cells in the body.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy w/ DHA & ARA Formula: 24 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic®Dairy, Soy, LactoRelief 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 early childhood, 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...
Human milk is relatively low in manganese (4 to 6 micrograms per liter). Formulas, both dairy-based and soy-based, contain higher amounts of manganese reflecting the levels of manganese found naturally in cow’s milk or soybeans. No manganese is added to Baby’s Only Organic® formulas. As reported on our labels, Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy formula contains 5 micrograms per 100 Calories and Baby’s Only Organic® Soy formula contains 55 micrograms per 100 Calories. For babies, the manganese levels of Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy and Soy formulas are well within the recommendations for a safe and adequate intake by the Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, which can range as high as 600 micrograms for a baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics specifies a 5 microgram minimum per 100 calories. They do not dictate a maximum level of manganese for formula.
Some of the minerals in Baby’s Only Organic® do appear to be slightly elevated when compared to other formulas. The reason for this is that we list the actual naturally occurring amount of these minerals. For example, Nature’s One® does not add any additional manganese to our soy formula. Additionally, soybeans tend to have a higher amount of these minerals naturally occurring such as you noted for manganese. Other formula companies do not list the naturally occurring amounts found in the soy. Instead, these companies appear to add additional amounts of these minerals and only report the amount they add. They do this for protection from falling below the FDA minimums as required by law. This is practiced because the naturally occurring amounts of these minerals in soy can fluctuate depending on the soil conditions where the soybean was grown. Failing to meet the minimum requirement of these minerals would trigger a recall of the formula.
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy & LactoRelief Formulas: 5 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 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 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 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® LactoRelief 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 babies, 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 baby to that of a formula fed baby 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 babies. 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 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|
|35% 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 babies 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 a baby 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, 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 a baby, 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 childhood. 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 babies 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 and/or safflower 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). The fat blend of Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula is appropriately supplemented with a 1:2 ratio of DHA and ARA.2 It contains 6mg of DHA and 12mg of ARA.
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 & Lactose Free: 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 Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula: 6 mg (per 100 calories)
Good Food Source: fish such as salmon, sardine, tuna, and lake trout, egg
ARA: Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA & ARA Formula: 12 mg (per 100 calories)
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|