Tuesday, 29 October 2013 21:41

Organic advice to mums about Baby Formulas

Chemicals, toxins, pesticides, synthetics substances & genetically modified foods abound in this day and age. Babies consume more food per unit of body weight than the national average which means they are at risk of absorbing more of these toxic substances than any of us. Combine that with the fact that their immune systems are only just developing, their organs are also continuing to develop as is their nervous system, digestive system & renal system. They’re BABIES after all...that means they’re NOT adults in miniature form. They are still growing and developing. 

Wouldn’t it therefore be a wise idea to ensure that they are protected as much as possible from the toxicity present is so many foods?

Modified food sources & petro-chemicals found in Formulas:

Did you know that a well known brand of infant formula uses genetically modified soy? And doesn’t disclose it on the label?

Did you know that an awful lot of non-organic brands of infant formula have derived the DHA and ARA fatty acids needed for infant formula from petro-chemical substance, Hexane?

 

What is hexane? It’s a petroleum derivative that’s found in glue and gasoline and has recently been used in infant formula to help obtain the DHA and ARA fatty acids from fermented algae and fungus. Since breast milk is packed with DHA and ARA, there has been a recent drive to get these components into formula which is all well & good except they’re using petrochemicals to do so.

Consider that... you’re feeding your newborn baby something laced with petro-chemicals. 

Even good old Vicks Vaporub is based on Vaseline which is a petro-chemical derivative.

Packaging:
Another thing to be accutely aware of with babies is the packaging of foods, in particular formulas. I’m sure you’re familiar with the dangers of BPA in plastics etc which is why there is now a wide variety of BPA free plastic bottles available for nursing babies. Great stuff!

However, be careful when buying Infant Formulas and later on when moving onto solids that the packaging is also BPA free. Infant formula tins often use a glue that contains BPA which leaches into the formula. Also, alot of the plastic lids on these tins also contain BPA. Babies are at risk of absorbing more of this chemical than adults because of their sensitive & under developed immune systems.