INFAT® may support calcium intake by reducing the level of fecal saponified fatty acids compared to a standard formula
Typically, babies triple their weight and double their height during their first year. Such rapid growth requires a high-fat diet, with frequent feedings and efficient fat and calcium absorption. Human milk is the natural and optimal form of nutrition for infants up to 5 months of age. Infants require bio-available sources of energy and nutrients to meet the requirements for their rapid growth, development and expanding skeletal mass.
Infant formulas containing INFAT® increase fat absorption and improve calcium intake, characteristics important in building strong and healthy bones, and supporting growth. In a double-blind, randomized, controlled study, the effect of INFAT® was tested on the calcium and fat excretion in 171 healthy term Chinese infants. The study results show that, after 6 weeks of feeding, the stool dry weight and the saponified fat* content of the INFAT® group was lower as compared to the standard formula (control group). INFAT intake was not associated with equivalent stool characteristics of breastmilk fed babies, however, formula containing sn2 palmitate, are closer to human milk, compared to formula with low sn2 palmitate.
Human milk is the optimal choice for infants, but when breastfeeding is not practical, the closest substitute is important for an infant's comfort, health and development.
In human breast milk and in most infant formulas, the fat, primarily triglycerides, provides about 50% of the calories that are needed for healthy growth.
Triglycerides in human milk are special as the fatty acids are bonded in a unique order which cannot be found in other types of oils. One major fatty acid in human milk, named palmitic acid, is mainly (70-75% of it) located at the sn2 position. This typical structure called sn2 palmitate, is responsible for some of the superiority of human milk.
INFAT® is a sn2 palmitate fat ingredient which structure and benefits are closer to that found in human milk fat.