Do you have children who are breastfeeding? You may be interested in knowing this about dairy formulas.
- Rich in omega 3 for brain development, named, DHA and AA
- It adapts perfectly to the needs of the infant; the levels decrease as the baby grows
- Rich in cholesterol (good)
- Almost completely absorbed
- Contains lipase enzyme that digests fat
- More fully absorbed;
- Lactoferrin for gut health
- Lysozyme, an antimicrobial
- Rich in protein components
- Rich in growth factors
- Contains sleep-inducing proteins
- Rich in lactose
- Rich in living white blood cells, millions per feeding
- Rich in immunoglobulins
- Minerals are better absorbed, especially zinc and calcium
- Iron is 50 to 75 percent absorbed.
- Contains more selenium (an antioxidant)
- Rich in digestive enzymes, such as amylase and lipase
- Rich in many hormones: thyroid, prolactin, oxytocin, and others
- Difficult to digest curd casein
- Does not contain DHA (Omega 3)
- Does not adjust to the needs of the baby
- No good cholesterol
- It is not completely absorbed
- It absorbs poorly
- No lactoferrin, or just a trace
- No lysozyme
- Deficient or low in protein
- Deficient in growth factors
(Babies may be allergic to the protein in formula.)
- No living white blood cells - or any other cells. Dead food has fewer immune benefits.
- Few Immunoglobulins and most are of the wrong type
- Number of poorly absorbed minerals
- Iron is 5 to 10 percent absorbed
- Little selenium
- Processing kills digestive enzymes
- Processing kills hormones, which are not human to begin with
Digestive enzymes promote intestinal health. Hormones contribute to the overall balance of the baby's biochemistry and well-being.
The superiority of mother's milk over formula is not really controversial.
Fat is the most important nutrient in breast milk. Insufficient cholesterol and DHA, essential for the brain and growing organs, can predispose a child to an adult heart and diseases in the center of the nervous system.
THE BABY'S BRAIN: SURVIVAL OF THE FATEST
The baby's brain is made up mostly of fats - good fats like DHA and AA. Fats form the structure of nerve cells, the insulation between them, the connections, and the supporting structure. Without these essential fatty acids, there is no normal brain. With inadequate supplies of them, the formation of the brain is not faulty.
But before we can talk about brain fats, it's important to say a little about:
FATS IN GENERAL
In the ubiquitous Disneyland of nutritional misinformation around us, a major nutrition topic worth studying is fats. Specifically, the good fats.
With the endless efforts of the media, every day they instill the emaciated look of the super slim young lady as the epitome of female beauty, fats are the devil. Fat is bad. Fat clogs the heart and makes us ordinary. Worse yet, fat equals fat. Fats cause cellulite and make us accept companions with a lower quality of life. And low-paying jobs. And vehicles with dents in them.
So, we have the Low Fat / No Fat obsession - low-fat milk, salad dressing, butter, yogurt, cheese, bread, pasta, beer, coffee creamer, ice cream, meats, chips, etc. all fat free. They instill in our minds the falsehood that the problem with these foods was too much fat. Trim the fat - you eliminate the problem. Now they are perfect foods, right?
The irony with this anti-fat campaign is that the person who eats only fat-free foods usually ends up deficient in fat. And therefore unhealthy.
Let's go back to the beginning.
Food for human consumption comes in 3 main forms: