How to Avoid GMOs

The best way to avoid genetically modified foods is to know which foods are genetically modified and which foods are not. It helps to understand the difference between heirlooms, hybrids, and GMOs. Continue reading

USDA Organic Infant Formula Contains Pesticide Labeled As A “Nutrient”

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The USDA organic label is supposed to protect the consumer against GMOs and avoidable chemical exposures, but the sobering fact is that USDA-certified infant formula manufacturers are not only being allowed to use a pesticide in their formulas, but are advertising it as a ‘healthy’ mineral to unsuspecting consumers.

Unbeknownst to the vast majority of U.S. consumers, the nutritional adequacy of infant formula Continue reading

Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?

Why is cupric sulfate — a known herbicide, fungicide and pesticide — being used in infant formula? And why is it displayed proudly on product labels as a presumably nutritious ingredient?

Used to kill fungus, Continue reading

Cow’s Milk Infant Formula Has Greater Weight Gain Effect than Protein Hydrolysate

For some babies, such as low birth weight or premature infants, promoting early rapid weight gain is important. The type of infant formula a baby drinks has a major impact on that weight gain, finds a group of researchers from Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.

Infants on Cow’s Milk Gained More Weight

Newborn infants usually gain about two-thirds of an ounce each day, or between 4 to 7 ounces a week during the first month. Between the second month of life and six months – typically the time when babies are introduced to solid foods – weight gain is slowed slightly to an average of one to two pounds per month. But not all weight gain is positive. Excessive weight in infancy affects the child’s future risk of developing obesity, diabetes, and other diseases.

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“Events early in life have long-term consequences on health, and one of the most significant influences is early growth rate,” says study author Julie Mennella, a developmental psycho biologist at Monell.

Mennella and colleagues assigned two-week old bottle-fed infants to one of two formula types. One group (35 infants) received a formula based on cow’s milk and the second group (24 babies) received a protein hydrolysate formula containing pre-digested proteins. The infants drank the formula, which both contained an equal amount of calories, for seven months.

The infants who drank the cow’s milk-based formula gained weight faster. The infants on the protein hydrolysate formula had a weight gain more typical of breast-fed babies. Infant length (linear growth) was not affected by the choice of formula.

Read: Breast Milk is best for Babies – Here’s why

Between four and six months of age, formula-fed babies tend to gain weight faster than those that are breastfed. The extra weight is thought to be due to excess water retention and a difference in the composition of body fat. Breast-fed babies are often leaner and gain an average of one pound less than formula fed babies during the first twelve months.

Protein hydrolysate formulas contain more protein than cow’s milk and the babies consumed less of the liquid during a feed compared to those on cow’s milk-based formula. “The next question to ask is: Why do infants on cow’s milk formula overfeed?”