The Only Soy Formula Free of Corn Syrup
Organic Soy Formula
Baby’s Only Organic® offers a soy-based formula that is dairy-free and an excellent option for families who prefer a vegetarian diet. This soy formula is made with non-GMO ingredients and is the only soy formula on the market that does not contain corn syrup (also known as glucose syrup) as its source of carbohydrate.
The Best Organic Start
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.
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 these 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® Soy formula may be appropriate for children with galactosemia.
Please consult your healthcare professional for advice.
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 Soy 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 Soy 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.
- 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.
- Is there any concern over the use of SOY and phytoestrogens?
There is a great deal of information and misinformation on the Internet related to the phytoestrogens or isoflavones in soy, especially foods containing soy in a baby's or child's diet. Research has shown that soy continues to be a beneficial option for children with certain intolerances such as cow's milk sensitivities and for families who prefer a vegetarian lifestyle. This is because soy offers complete proteins to help meet a child's overall protein needs.
In 2006, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US National Institute of Health, and the Center for the Evaluation of Risk to Human Reproduction (CERHR) of the National Toxicology Program convened a meeting of key pediatric nutrition and medical experts to review the use of soy formulas in early childhood and addressed many of the concerns about soy and phytoestrogens. This prestigious group was unable to conclude, after exhaustive research and reviews of the medical and scientific literature, that soy products, including soy formulas, were unsafe or presented risk to reproductive and developmental health. The panel called for continued research on the role of soy in human health. 1
Since that time, CERHR has determined that there were new publications related to human exposure or reproductive and/or developmental toxicity that had been published since the 2006 evaluation. CERHR held a meeting in December of 2009 to review these new data and issued its final report in 2010 reconfirming that "there is minimal concern for adverse effects on development in babies who consume soy formula." 2
Furthermore, a clinical report co-authored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition and titled, "Use of soy protein-based formulas in infant feeding," states the following: "In summary, although studied by numerous investigators in various species, there is no conclusive evidence from animal, adult human, or infant populations that dietary soy isoflavones may adversely affect human development, reproduction, or endocrine function." 3
Also, a study from the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center compared growth, development and health of breast-fed children with children fed soy formula or milk-based formula. Preliminary results indicate the feeding of soy formula to babies supports normal growth and development. The authors further state "early exposure to soy foods, including SF (soy formula), actually may provide health benefits rather than adverse effects, e.g., improved body and bone composition and prevention of breast cancer." 4 This Center continues to study use of soy in early childhood and has published additional reports showing no effect on reproduction. 5
2. National Toxicology Program. "Final CERHR Expert Panel Report on Soy Infant Formula." Washington, DC: National Toxicology Program Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, January, 2010.
3. Jatinder Bhatia, Frank Greer, and the Committee on Nutrition. "Use of soy protein-based formulas in infant feeding," Pediatrics 2008; 121; 1062-1068.
4. Badger, TM, et al, "The health implications of soy infant formula," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009; 89(suppl):1668S-1672S.
5. Gilchrist, JM, et al, "Ultrasonographic Patterns of Reproductive Organs in Infants Fed Soy Formula: Comparisons to Infants Fed Breast Milk and Milk Formula," Journal of Pediatrics. 156(2):215-220, February 2010.
- Why use a Soy formula?
There are many reasons that necessitate the use of a soy formula. Often times, parents wish to avoid any animal products in their child's diet. At other times, a cow or goat milk allergy/sensitivity may be present. In those instances, soy formula is utilized and has been proven to be beneficial in supporting proper growth and development in these young children.
Cow Milk allergy or intolerance is a common reason that a health care professional may recommend use of a soy formula. A baby may be allergic to cow milk protein and/or sensitive to cow milk lactose. (It has been clinically evidenced that when a baby demonstrates sensitivity to cow milk based formula, she will most likely also be sensitive to goat milk).
Signs of milk sensitivity or allergy include: excessive fussiness, irritability, excessive spitting-up, gassiness or constipation. Symptoms may also include a "reaction" such as skin rash, eczema, or diarrhea. Some research strongly suggests that a higher incidence of ear infections is also attributable, in part, to cow/goat dairy consumption. If your child is experiencing any or all of these symptoms, a discussion with your health care professional about possible cow/goat milk allergies or sensitivities in your child would be beneficial.
- What is the difference between Whole Soybeans and Soy Isolates?
Baby's Only Organic derives its organic soy protein concentrate from the whole soybean. Other formulas use soy protein isolates which chemically removes all the naturally occurring components of the soybean except the protein, manganese and phytoestrogens. Baby's Only Organic® SOY retains the natural benefits of the whole soybean as nature intended. We believe this provides balance among all the vitamins and minerals naturally found in our SOY formula. In fact, at a recent (May, 2007) conference on Diet and Optimal Health sponsored by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, Professor William Helferich stated "when the whole food (referring to the whole soybean) is consumed, you get a very different effect than if you consume the concentrated constituents individually." He further noted that the whole soybean is healthier than many of its individual components. In other words, the whole soybean provides healthier nutrition than when consuming concentrated components of the soybean, such as phytoestrogens.
"Are soy isoflavones safe? 'It depends,' University of Illinois researcher says." Soyatech eNews, May 17, 2007. Sourced from http://www.soyatech.com/news_story.php?id=2759
- Does the soy protein have Raffinose and Stachyose?
Nature's One® has a production method that naturally breaks down these two sugars so that they are easily digested. Unlike soy protein isolation processes that chemically strip the soybean of many of its naturally occurring benefits, the process used by Nature's One® retains the balance of the soymilk as nature intended.
- Is it dangerous to dilute Baby's Only Organic® formula?
Baby's Only Organic® formula should always be mixed according to label instructions to ensure that the proper balance of water to nutrients is given to a baby. Some parents or caretakers may think the formula is too "thick" and needs to be diluted or they may be trying to "stretch out" the powdered formula for economical reasons by adding more water than recommended. These practices are extremely hazardous to a baby's health and can result in malnutrition because the baby is not receiving the needed calories and nutrients to support growth and development. Formula dilution is life threatening as it can cause water intoxication (over-hydration) and an imbalance of electrolytes resulting in hyponatremia or too little sodium in the baby's body. Drinking too much water basically drowns the cells because the baby's immature kidneys are unable to process the water quickly enough. Symptoms of water intoxication can include pale colored urine and an excessive number of wet diapers (more than 6 to 8 per day). Water intoxication can lead to inconsolable crying because the baby's body tissues, including the brain, swell and can cause a headache; difficulty breathing because the lungs contain too much water; irregular heart beat because the electrolytes are not in balance; seizures noted by odd facial movements, lip smacking, rhythmic jerking of a body part; coma; and ultimately death if not medically treated. Babies will usually obtain all of the water they need from breast milk or formula and extra water is rarely needed. Always prepare formula and Baby's Only Organic® formulas according to label instructions and do not provide your baby with supplemental water unless directed to do so by the baby's healthcare provider.
- 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.
- Does Baby's Only Organic® contain DHA & ARA?
There are two basic groupings of fatty acids called (1) essential fatty acids or "precursor fats" (as found in Baby's Only Organic® pediatric formulas) and (2) non-essential fatty acids which can also be "preformed fats" (as found in Baby's Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Supplement* and Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula with DHA & ARA).
Baby's Only Organic® pediatric formulas contain two essential (precursor) fats: Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and Linoleic Acid (LA). Alpha-Linolenic and Linoleic fatty acids are called "essential" because the human body cannot make these fats and therefore it is essential to derive them from food sources. Alpha-Linolenic Acid is an omega-3 used by the body to make Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA). Linoleic Acid is an omega-6 used by the body to make Arachidonic Acid (ARA). DHA and ARA are called "non-essential" fatty acids because full-term, healthy babies, children, and adults can manufacture these from Alpha-Linolenic and Linoleic fatty acids.
Baby's Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Supplement and Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula with DHA & ARA are made with preformed DHA and ARA long-chain fatty acids. This means the fats are already available in their final forms and the body does not need to manufacture from precursor fats, Alpha-Linolenic and Linoleic fatty acids.
The Human Body Converts Essential Fatty Acids into Non-Essential Fatty Acids Omega Source Essential
Omega-3 Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Omega-6 Linoleic Acid (LA) Arachidonic Acid (ARA)
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Dug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
- Is Baby's Only Organic® USDA Certified Organic®?
Yes, Baby's Only Organic® Dairy, Lactose Free, and SOY formula 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.
- INGREDIENT FACTS
- Organic Ingredients
- Allergen Information
- DHA & ARA Fatty Acids
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Martek life'sDHA™
- Raffinose & Stachyose
- Soy Protein
- Taurine, Selenium & Iron
- Vegetable Oils
|Baby’s Only Organic® SOY||100% Organic Brown Rice Syrup|
Carbohydrates are one of the crucial dietary sources of energy that supports the brain, enables muscular contractions, and provides the fuel necessary for a baby's rapid growth the first few years of life. So it is important for a child to get appropriate amounts of carbohydrates from good sources.
In some cases, the carbohydrate lactose can overwhelm a baby's ability to digest this milk-sugar and cause gassiness, bloating and a very unhappy baby. If your baby is experiencing these symptoms, consult with your healthcare professional to determine whether a soy or low lactose formula may be recommended. If parents are milk sensitive, it is not unusual for a baby to inherit this same intolerance.
Baby's Only Organic® Soy Formula uses organic brown rice syrup as its carbohydrate source. 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. Baby's Only Organic® Soy is a dairy free formula, and is appropriate for babies who are dairy protein or lactose sensitive or when parents prefer a vegetarian diet.
All other non-dairy formulas contain corn syrup solids (also called glucose syrup) and some major brands add simple sugar (sucrose) for carbohydrate. Simple carbohydrates are quickly digested and absorbed into the bloodstream, increasing insulin levels. A more complex carbohydrate, such as those in organic brown rice syrup used in Baby's Only Organic® formulas, requires more time for digestion resulting in slower and steadier absorption of the carbohydrates into the blood stream and a more constant production of insulin.
|Baby’s Only Organic®||Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or 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.
Organic Brown Rice Syrup*, Organic Soy Protein Concentrate, Organic High Oleic Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Soybean Oil, Calcium Phosphate, Organic Vanilla, Organic Soy Lecithin, Potassium Phosphate, Magnesium Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Ascorbate (Vit. C), Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Citrate, Choline Bitartrate, L-Methionine, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, Inositol, Zinc Sulfate, Natural Vitamin E Acetate, L-Carnitine, Niacinamide, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vit. B1), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Copper Sulfate, 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.
Essential Fatty Acids
(per 100 kcal)
(per 100 kcal)
|Baby’s Only Organic® SOY||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.
Raffinose & Stachyose
Nature’s One® has a production method that naturally breaks down these two sugars so that they are easily digested. Unlike soy protein isolation processes that chemically strip the soybean of many of its naturally occurring benefits, the process used by Nature’s One® retains the balance of the soymilk as nature intended.
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® SOY||Sold separately as Baby’s Only Essentials® DHA & ARA Supplement|
Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula does not contain added DHA and ARA in the formula but does contain sufficient amounts of linoleic and linolenic fatty acids. Linoleic and linolenic acid are essential fatty acids and precursor fats from which DHA and ARA are made in the body. This means that full-term, healthy babies, children, and adults can make DHA and ARA in the body from linoleic and linolenic fatty acids.
For parents who would like to supplement with DHA and ARA or have formula with added DHA and ARA, Baby’s Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Supplement and Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula with DHA and ARA are available. The DHA and ARA in Baby’s Only Essentials® and Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA and ARA are naturally derived from egg phospholipids (egg lecithin) using an organic compliant process without the use of harsh chemicals.
- What form of DHA & ARA does Baby’s Only Organic contain compared to other formulas?
The DHA and ARA in Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy with DHA and ARA are naturally derived from egg phospholipids (egg lecithin) using an organic compliant process without the use of harsh chemicals.
Other formulas use DHA and ARA that are derived from fungus and algae and treated with hexane solvent, acid and bleach. This novel source of DHA and ARA is manufactured by Martek Biosciences Corporation and marketed as life’sDHA™. In addition to the harsh toxic chemicals such as hexane that are used to extract and process the life’sDHA™ oils, several advocacy groups believe the processing involves genetically modified organisms (GMOs) based on their review of Martek’s patents.
- What is the difference between DHA from egg phospholipids versus triglycerides?
The DHA used by Nature's One® is a fatty acid from egg phospholipids while life’sDHA™ is a fatty acid in the form of a triglyceride. The use of egg phospholipids in a baby’s nutritional profile has been widely studied and understood to be more easily absorbed and available for the body to use than DHA from the form of triglycerides.
Breast milk is made up of both phospholipids and triglycerides. All other formulas only contain triglycerides formulated with vegetable oil blends and life’sDHA™, but are void of phospholipids. Nature's One® believes adding a phospholipid to formula achieves a more natural fatty acid profile compared to other organic and conventional formulas brands.
Contains soy and coconut ingredients.
Made without GMO ingredients and contains no lactose, dairy, no wheat or wheat gluten, no palm olein oil, no corn ingredients such as corn syrup, no sucrose, and no peanut.
Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula does not contain nucleotides. 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® SOY||Kosher Pareve|
Baby’s Only Organic® Toddler Formula is certified Kosher by Orthodox Union. The kosher symbol, (circle U) O-U, and the words "Pareve Ingredients" is located on the front portion of the label. A current Kosher Certificate is available upon request.
Soy Protein - Whole Soy Beans vs Isolates
The protein source in Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula is organic soy protein concentrate. Organic soy protein concentrate is produced by using organic soybeans from which the bran, carbohydrates (sugars), and most of the soy oil have been removed using a natural water extraction process. This organic compliant process is unlike the production of soy protein isolates, which undergo a lengthy manufacturing process using chemicals such as acid, alcohol or hexane. No harsh chemicals are used during the processing of organic soy protein concentrate. Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula retains the natural benefits of the whole soybean protein as nature intended. We believe this provides balance among the vitamins and minerals naturally found in our soy protein. Most formulas and complete nutrition beverages contain soy protein isolates that chemically remove all the naturally occurring components of the soybean except the protein, manganese and phytoestrogens. Of course, because of these processes, soy protein isolates are never organic! The organic soy protein concentrate used in Baby’s Only Organic® Soy Formula is highly digestible and well tolerated. It is a complete protein that can serve as a sole source of protein intake for adults and children.
Nature's One® Formulas Do Not Contain life'sDHA™
In 2001, US formula manufacturers began adding a novel source of DHA and ARA that is manufactured by Martek Biosciences Corporation and branded as life’s DHA™. The DHA and ARA are derived from algae and fungus and treated with hexane solvent, acid and bleach. The following is the manufacturing process described by Martek: “The oil is then separated from the dried biomass by hexane extraction and centrifugation and/or filtration, followed by winterization. The hexane phase undergoes additional centrifugation/filtration to remove solids then the winterized oil is heated and treated with acid. Subsequently, the oil is treated with caustic, centrifuged, bleached and deodorized.”1
In addition to the harsh toxic chemicals such as hexane that are used to extract and process the life’sDHA™ oils, several organic advocacy groups believe the processing involves genetically modified organisms (GMOs) based on their review of Martek’s patents.2, 3 GMO refers to an organism whose genetic characteristics have been altered by the insertion of a modified gene or a gene from another organism using the techniques of genetic engineering. Despite using harsh toxic chemicals and GMOs, life’sDHA™ continues to be used in organic formula and baby food.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 pediatric nutrition, 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
- 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.
This is also known as cholecalciferol or Vitamin D3, 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 is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin D also helps the body properly utilize calcium and phosphorus for the proper functioning of the nervous system.
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.
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 newborn 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® LactoRelief & Dairy 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® 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® LactoRelief Formula: 84 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy and Soy Formulas: 135 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® LactoRelief Formula: 56 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy and Soy Formulas: 90 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® LactoRelief Formula: 6 mg (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula: 9 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 and toddlers, 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 0-6 months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics specifies a 5 microgram minimum per 100 calories. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not dictate maximum levels 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® LactoRelief & Dairy 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 babies and 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® LactoRelief & Dairy 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 babies and 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 babies and 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® LactoRelief & Dairy 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 known to be a relatively non-allergenic food and well tolerated by babies. As a result, rice cereal is often the first food introduced to older babies. 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 has been filtered to help eliminate environmental toxins that could potentially be found in ground water and soil.
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|
|LactoRelief Formula||Soy Formula||Dairy Formula|
|Milk Based||Soy Protein Based||Dairy Based|
|Lactose Free*||Lactose Free;
|35% Naturally Occurring|
Brown Rice Syrup
Brown Rice Syrup
|65% Organic |
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® LactoRelief Formula: 10.7 g (per 100 calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy and Soy Formulas: 10.8 g (per 100 calories)
Good Food Sources Complex Carbohydrate: brown rice .
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, Dairy-Lactose Free 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, 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® Dairy and Soy 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® LactoRelief Formula: 2.1 grams protein (per 100 Calories)
Baby’s Only Organic® Dairy Formula: 2.6 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 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).
Baby’s Only Essentials® DHA and ARA Fatty Acid Supplement is formulated specifically for babies and toddlers using the proper balance of DHA & ARA that meet the 1:2 ratio requirements established for a baby less than two years of age.2
LA: Baby’s Only Organic® Formulas: 1000 mg (per 100 calories)
ALA: Baby’s Only Organic® LactoRelief & Dairy Formula: 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 Essentials® DHA Fatty Acids: 15 mg (per serving)
Good Food Source: fish such as salmon, sardine, tuna, and lake trout, egg
ARA: Baby’s Only Essentials® ARA Fatty Acids: 30 mg (per serving)
Good Food Sources: animal meats, dairy foods, eggs, peanuts and nori seaweed .
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.
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||1 Tablespoon||2 fl oz|
|4 fl oz bottle||1/8 Cup||4 fl oz|
|6 fl oz bottle||3 Tablespoons||6 fl oz|
|8 fl oz bottle||¼ Cup||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|