Allergy management and prevention

Allergy management and prevention
Allergies, especially with food, are becoming increasingly common around the world. 2-3 % of infants suffer from cow’s milk allergy (CMA) and up to 20 % of children suffer from atopic dermatitis (also known as eczema). Making the right nutritional choices during the early stages of a child’s life may potentially help prevent allergies later in life.

Early allergy prevention
Studies show that breastfeeding reduces the risk of developing allergy. Containing antibodies and substances that boost the immune system, breast milk provides the best nutrition for the infant’s developing immune system. When breast milk is not an option, it is important to use formula that provides the right nutritional support and helps to prevent allergy.

Allergy avoidance with hydrolysed whey proteins
Formulas with hydrolysed whey proteins, where the allergy-inducing epitopes have been removed or reduced, are ideal for infants at risk for allergy. Formula using hydrolysates have several advantages, including a better taste than free amino acids, and, as studies have shown, hydrolysates are more readily absorbed than both free amino acids and intact proteins.

Whey hydrolysates for allergy management
Arla Food Ingredients is committed to providing the best possible nutrition for infants with or at risk for allergy. Our portfolio of high-quality whey protein hydrolysates comply with the strictest quality and safety standards, and have passed the active systemic anaphylaxis (ASA) test. Customized protein hydrolysates are also available.


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Arla Foods Ingredients supports the WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life and continued breastfeeding up to the age of two or beyond in combination with nutritionally appropriate complementary foods.