Organic Baby Formula Vs. Synthetic: Know the Difference

Millions of parents in the United States and around the world feed their babies either partially or completely with formula. While breastfeeding provides certain undeniable benefits, using formula can be much more convenient, quick, and effective. It can also provide excellent nourishment for your little one, if you make smart choices about the source of your youngster’s sustenance. With the recent rise in organic farming and food, many parents are eschewing artificial formulas in favor of more natural, nutritious alternatives. At Beyond Organic Baby, we offer 99 percent organic cow and goat’s milk formulas. For the past eight decades, the free-range animals that produce Beyond Organic Baby’s milk have grazed on green, clean, biodynamic European pastures. In the following blog, we point out some of the major differences between conventional synthetic baby formula and our organic options.

Sweet Synthetics

Growing babies enjoy and require certain simple carbohydrates to fuel their growing bodies. However, not all sugars are created equal. According to the The Picky Eater, synthetic formulas often contain: “processed refined sugars (syrup, syrup solids)—corn syrup (glucose syrup solids)…or brown rice syrup. Manufacturers use these because they are cheaper than lactose (which is what should be in formula).” Global Healing Center describes refined sugar as “poison…because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins, and minerals.”

Due to this imbalance and emptiness, consuming processed sugars taxes the body. Unfortunately, refined sugar is the first ingredient in many synthetic formulas, meaning that your baby’s body will have to work particularly hard to digest and utilize these calories. Beyond Organic Baby’s cow and goat’s milk formula derive their sweetness largely from lactose, produced through organic farming practices. Of course, the first ingredient in our formulas is milk.

Toxic “Nutrients”

In an effort to fulfill nutritional standards as cheaply as possible, many synthetic formula manufacturers use substances that can actually harm your baby’s health. The Picky Eater lists: “lutein, lycopene, nucleotides, taurine, l-carnitine, and l-methionine” as common “nutrients” found in commercial formulas. All of these “are processed with neurotoxic solvents or are either themselves listed as a toxic ingredient.” Many of these are allowed according to the National Organic Standards Board, but are banned in the European Union, whose regulations Beyond Organic Baby formula follows.

Dangers of DHA and ARA

Animal milk lacks the same proportions of fatty acids found in breast milk. To provide adequate nutrition, synthetic formula manufacturers add certain oils to their products. According to Livestrong, “conventional formulas are typically fortified with synthetic versions of docosahexaenoic acid [DHA] and arachidnoic acid [ARA]—two fats that naturally occur in breast milk.” However, “synthetic fats added to formula [may be] different than those found in breast milk and aren’t accompanied by co-enzymes found in breast milk that aid absorption.” In addition, The Picky Eater points out: “the DHA and ARA added to formula are extracted from algae and fungus, often using hexane (a neurotoxic petroleum-based solvent).” At Beyond Organic Baby, we supplement our formulas with safe, organic palm oil, rapeseed oil, and sunflower oil.

Shaking Up Formula

Synthetic formula often contains potentially hazardous additives for no nutritional reason. Enviro Attitude notes that although it “gives no nutrient content or flavor to formula,” carrageenan (a product made from seaweed) “is included in [order to] stabilize ready-to-feed formula.” Although it has been linked to “intestinal inflammation” in babies, synthetic formula manufacturers include it so that “caregivers do not need to shake the product prior to feeding it to the infant.” Taking a few extra seconds to prepare your baby’s organic formula could make a major difference in your little one’s health.

Strict Organic Standards

To be certified as organic (especially in the European Union, where our formula is produced), farmers must meet exact criteria. Incredible Infant illustrates the hoops farmers have to jump through to earn their organic label. Animals “must be fed organic feed, be raised with direct access to the Great Outdoors, and be raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones,” which can interfere with babies’ development. In addition, organic formula production cannot involve GMOs (genetically modified organisms), “sewage sludge” in fertilizer, or ionizing radiation. At Beyond Organic Baby, we take special pains to ensure that our formulas never receive irradiation (the process of using special energy wavelengths to kill bacteria or better preserve food, which may compromise their nutritional value).

Opt for Organic with Beyond Organic Baby

Are you ready to switch from synthetic formula? Contact us today to find out more or purchase our organic products!

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