Salt and sugar in infant formula

Salt and sugar in infant formula

It has been proven that excessive salt and sugar intake by a kid under 1 year old leads to health problems. First, the kidneys are affected, then the respiratory and cardiovascular systems react negatively, and the metabolism in bone tissue is disrupted. However, parents worry that without sugar and salt, a child will not receive sucrose, which provides energy and mineral salts necessary for cellular metabolism. 

This is a big misconception because it has long been proven by scientific nutritionists, sucrose is completely unnecessary for children under one year old. Healthy sugars should enter the kid’s organism with fructose, which is found in fruits and vegetables. Regular table salt is not the kind of salt that a growing body needs. In every metabolic process, mineral salts participate that are the most complex substances in their chemical composition. 

Therefore, Holle formula does not contain sugars and table salt. The required amount of nutrients and micronutrients is calculated taking into account the age needs. Holle infant formula is as close as possible to breast milk and is enriched with additional components for comfortable digestion and full growth of a baby.

Sugar in baby formula

Consuming too much sugar often means too many calories. In case they are not used, then the body will store them in the form of fat, which will lead to weight gain. If it happens to a child, it is highly likely that it will remain overweight in adolescence and adulthood. The need for sugar under one year old is only 4g. Babies up to 4-6 months old get easily digestible sugars from breast milk or adapted formula. With complementary foods, natural sugars of vegetables and fruits are added. No more than 6g per day is advisable for children after a year.  The excessive usage of sugar into a child’s diet leads to a number of problems:

  • fermentation processes in the intestines are enhanced, which provokes bloating and painful colic
  • excess sugar is deposited in fat depots thus leading to the development of obesity, diabetes mellitus, and changes in the central nervous system
  • tooth enamel is destroyed
  • sugar provokes addiction

Sugar-free Loulouka formula guarantees that a baby will receive a sufficient amount of the necessary nutrients and will save a baby from these issues. 

Salt in the content of infant milk

There is a stereotype that the human body can get serious functional impairments without salt. However, is salt really so necessary for babies under one year old? Many pediatricians agree that a child receives all the necessary mineral salts from either breast milk or infant formula. 

The daily requirement for salt for a kid under one year old is 0.3g (0.5 g after one year old). Before starting complementary foods, this amount is obtained from the human milk or adapted formula and after that, mineral salts are received from vegetables, fruits, cereals, meat, and other food. If parents want to additionally enrich the child’s diet with salt it will create a great burden on the kidneys (since salt retains fluid) and the child’s pancreas.

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