It is a fact that infant formula can and has saved lives. But to say that formula is “just as good as,” or has equal benefits to, or is a safe alternative to breast milk is highly erroneous, and I think, dangerous.What an unbelievable problem for changes and those desiring to nuvigil into the sexism. tadalafil 5mg Further, vardenafil causing lengthening of the qt steer.
A couple weeks ago I wrote a post called Understanding Nutritonism and The Problem With Infant Formula. In it I listed a few of the ingredients listed on a can of Similac formula (which were derived from another post). Even though some of them were pretty gross (a lot of oils, sugars and genetically modified organisms, [GMOs]), I only listed the food ingredients to help illustrate why nutrients need to be added to formula, but also to show that to be “nutritious,” scientifically-engineered nutrients have to be added. But would you only choose to take vitamins and drink water in place of real food? How can that ever replicate anything that comes from nature?
Since that post I wanted to learn more. I remembered from reading the Appendix in Ann Sinnotts’ Breastfeeding Older Children for my book review that it covers everything you ever didn’t want to know about infant formula. The rest of this post comes from the information in her book, including the direct quotes.
Did you know that breast milk substitutes are categorized as food and therefore do not fall under the same stringent regulations as applied to pharmaceuticals, even though they are both managed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)? According the the requirements from the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which infant formula falls under, “all manufacturers of infant formula muct begin with safe food ingredients, which are either generally recognized as safe (whose ‘generally’ is that?) or approved as food additives for use in infant formula.” The FDA does not monitor what ingredients are generally recognized as safe.
As scientists attempt to replicate human breast milk as closely as possible, the concoctions they prepare become more and more questionable and complex.
- Lactose, fructose, glucose, maltodextrose, carbohydrate (corn maltodextrin, modified corn starch ,corn syrup solids), protein (whey, casein, soy protein isolate), fat (soy oil, coconut oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, palm or olein oil*) – Usually sourced from GMO’s – vitamins, folic acid, pantothentic acid, calcium, minerals, phosphorus, iodine, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, and other nutrients, such as rice starch, dietary fibre and amino acids, as well as nucleotides, which is something scientists have been disagreeing about their efficacy on immune system development for 15 years.
Hm. Okay, any big surprises? There is lots of sugar because in order to modify cow milk the protein and mineral content must be reduced and the carbohydrate content must be increased, and this is done by adding sugars. Protein and fat are obviously important, but what about their sources? So much more could be said but let’s move on to one of the newer additives.
“Following the research that showed positive cognitive effects of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) docosahexaeonic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (ARA) found in breast milk, nutrition-scientists came up with the latest novel ingrediets: LC-PUFAs manufactured fromplant sources. These LC-PUFAs contain triglycerides not found in human milk and are thus structurally different to the LC-PUFAs in human milk. The DHA in infant formula is extracted from fermented microalgae, Cryptecoiunium cohnii, and ARA is extracted from soil fungus, Mortierelle alpina.” These are new to the food chain, therfore the long term effects of these ingredients are not known. In addition, the extracting method is concerning. Hexane, a petroleum-refining by-product solvent is used to extract the oil. It is also a known neurotoxin and air pollutant.
There have already been studies done on the plant based LC-PUFAs and concerns are continually raised, both on its efficacy and side effects. In addition, there is the ethics. For instance, why, if there are known concerns, does its addition to certain formulas raise the price of that formula?
There is more. Marsha Walker, an executive member of NABA (National Association of Breastfeeding Advocacy) has produced a fully referenced assembly of scientific studies that show a cocktail of chemicals in infant formula, such as:
- Aluminum, silicone, cadmium, MSG, phytoestrogens, GMO soybeans, phosphate, phthalates and Bisphenol-A.
Water is a major ingredient, and if it is contaminated by micro-organisms, “a formula fed child is up to 25 times more likely to die as a result of diarrhea, than is a breastfed child.” Even in developed countries water can be contaminated. Chlorine by-products, arsenic, solvents, insecticides and weed killers are common. As an example of this, in a town close to where I live, a boil-water-advisory comes up usually twice or three times a year.
The manufacturing process of formula can cause bacterial contamination. There are dates of recalls going back some 20 years that are posted on NABA’s website. Additionally, there is always room for human error. I remember a couple years after my first daughter was born hearing about a recall because metal fragments were found in a can of formula. Factory workers can add too much or forget to add important ingredients. Labelling can be erroneous. One would think these things should never occur, but they do, and there are countless examples that I am choosing not to share just because I don’t want to overwhelm you.
This information is not readily available unless you work hard to seek it out, but I think that once you know it’s important to share it so others may benefit. I chose to write this for any parent who may be unaware of the full implications of formula feeding. Education is power and everyone deserves the ability to make an informed choice. If you are interested in learning any more, I encourage you to get a copy of Ann Sinnott’s book. This is where I got the information and it is largely referenced and comes with much more detail. If you choose not to get her book but still want to know more, I encourage you to do your own research.
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