Arla’s New Formula Targets Gut Health In Infants
As the importance of good gut health continues to be a key focus for consumers, parents are becoming more aware of the impact a healthy gut can have on their children's wellbeing. With this in mind, Danish dairy giant Arla has developed a whey protein-based formula that supports digestive comfort in babies.
According to the brand, infant formula has higher levels of protein than breast milk, making it harder for babies to digest and potentially leading to higher levels of obesity in children.
To combat this, its new formula – called Lacprodan Alpha-10 – contains whey protein hydrolysates, or proteins that have already been pre-digested by enzymes. The formula also contains both a protein called alpha-lactalbumin, which is prevalent in human breast milk, and 25% essential amino acids, which are important for growth and development.
During clinical trials, it was found that the new formulation reduces feeding-related abdominal pain, constipation, vomiting and regurgitation. Lacprodan Alpha-10 can additionally be incorporated into other formulations to enhance their gut-friendliness.
For more on taking advantage of the boom in consumers' interest in gut health, read our reports Going with the Gut and Natural Food Focus: Natural & Organic Products Europe 2018. For an in-depth dive into pre- and post-natal nutrition, see Natal Nutrition: Fertility to First Foods.