Natural breast milk is full of lactose as the main carbohydrate. Formulas that are abundant in lactose will be the most similar to breast milk. Even from an early age, most infants have the lactase enzyme that allows them to digest and absorb lactose carbohydrates. Infants that are abnormally sensitive to lactose can be placed on special low-in-lactose formulas that are goats milk based.
Babies that consume lactose from an early age are faster to develop healthy gut bacteria. In comparison to processed and refined sugars, lactose has a lower glycemic index, aiding in the absorbtion of calcium.
Lactose-rich formulas are more typical in European baby formulas than US formulas. You can identify a lactose based formula by looking at the ingredients list. Read the ingredients and find formulas that are based on cow's milk, "organic cow's milk," or "organic skimmed milk" to identify formulas that contain lactose.
Refined Sugar Carbohydrates
Unlike European formulas, US formulas use corn syrup, processed sugars, syrup solids, or brown rice addatives. These ingredients represent the carbohydrate component of US baby formulas, and unfortunately these ingredients are ultimately less healthy than natural lactose found in cow's milk.
In fact, processed sugar addatives are banned in European formulas due to concerns about childhood obesity. Formulas that use sugars as the carb base are considerably more processed than formulas high in lactose.
If your family has a history of obesity or diabetes, it is especially important to consider which type of carbohydrate is the best for babies.
Organic Life Start only delivers lactose-rich formulas because we believe they are genuinely healthier than sugar based alternatives.