Issue 36

Scientific spotlight on low-protein infant formula

Arla Foods Ingredients showcases Lacprodan® Alpha at ESGPHAN Update 2012

Low-protein infant formula was the core theme of the Arla Foods Ingredients stand at ESPGHAN Update 2012, the annual scientific meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Infant nutritionists have placed increasing weight on the need for low-protein infant formula since scientists have linked a high-protein diet in infancy with obesity in later life. Compared to human breast milk, traditional infant formula has a protein content that is 50-80% higher. At ESPGHAN, Arla Foods Ingredients showcased the Lacprodan® Alpha range. Rich in alpha-lactalbumin – the dominant protein in human milk  – the range enables manufacturers to reduce the overall protein content of their infant formulations.

Studies show that alpha-lactalbumin also alleviates gastrointestinal discomfort related to formula feeding and supports a healthy gut flora. Its very high content of the essential amino acid tryptophan is further believed to improve infant sleep patterns. The results of recent studies with Lacprodan® Alpha are detailed in a new Arla Foods Ingredients white paper.