They are creating a new infant formula rich in alpha-lactalbumin (alpha), which helps meet the market’s need for low-protein formulas to expand the segment.
The new whey protein isolate is a creation Ingredients Arla FoodsALPHA-50, which represents a 90% reduction in protein contentwhich allows the use of lower doses to achieve a level similar to that of breast milk.
You may be interested: EFSA has approved a new protein hydrolyzate for use in infant formulas
Advantages of low protein formulas
Recent research presented at the seminar “Discover the wonders of Alfa”show that high protein intake during childhood accelerates gaining weightwhich puts you at risk of obesity early in life.
With the expansion of this research and regulatory changes that have appeared in many countries, companies in the sector have already gradually reduced milk formulas to make them more useful.
Including alpha in formulas
alpha-lactalbumin It is an essential amino acid with a high content of other amino acids such as cysteinewhich is the most abundant whey protein in breast milk, but standard formulas contain lower than necessary levels.
With this knowledge, researchers decided to include alpha in baby formulas, to reduce protein levels, but maintain high nutritional qualitywhich also provides freedom of wording.
Arla Foods Ingredients is already investigating other formulas that can accommodate high levels of alpha, having an example with Lacprodan MFGM-10, which has a membrane-based ingredient globule of milk fat which contains phospholipid compounds, sphingomyelin and gangliosides.
ALPHA-50 offers solutions to two major challenges faced by formula manufacturers, high alpha content to avoid protein consumption and substantial essential amino acids, which are easily combined with other ingredients required in formulas.
Lone Strøm, Head of Pediatric Sales Development at Arla Foods Ingredients.
The future of milk formulas
The food of the future, in addition to being more aware of climate change, also promises scientific bases that incorporate quality food solutionswhich is why companies must continue to innovate.
Additionally, be aware recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), Exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life and up to two years or more, combined with complementary feeding for good nutrition.