Whey ingredients are a dependable partner on life’s nutritional journey. Through childhood, adult life and active retirement, they’re proven to deliver nutrients that meet specific needs at each stage in an appealing, delicious way.
The important thing is to start out right – with nourishing solid foods that take over from breast milk step by step from the age of approx. four-six months to around 24 months. It’s during this phase that babies learn new tastes and textures and the foundations for a life-long healthy diet are laid.
Numerous scientific studies have investigated the contribution of whey ingredients during these early years. While whey protein is widely recognised for its rich content of essential amino acids, contributing to healthy growth, studies have found that individual whey fractions offer specific health benefits as well.
The speciality whey protein alpha-lactalbumin, for example, has been tested for its ability to support gastrointestinal health, while other studies have shown that whey protein hydrolysates are suitable for allergy treatment and prevention.
The whey protein osteopontin is suggested to play a central role in the baby’s immune development, and milk phospholipids contain bioactive components that improve cognitive development.
Nutritious inspiration for complementary food
One of our goals at Arla Foods Ingredients is to help manufacturers produce foods with the best possible nutritional profile for infants and young children. Many of our premium ingredients are already widely used by manufacturers of infant formula. In other words, we have experience to share.
Follow this complementary feeding link, and you’ll find the latest inspiration from our application development centre – a new series of nutritional concepts for babies from the age of four-six to 18-24 months. Foods that young children will love and benefit from in the first steps of nutrition for life.
WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding up to two years and beyond, combined with the safe introduction of appropriate complementary foods.