Arla Foods Ingredients has developed a new whey protein-based concept for the infant nutrition market, which is designed to support digestive comfort in infants.
Infant formulas generally contain higher levels of protein than breast milk, and, since protein is hard to digest, this can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and other digestive issues in infants. However, Arla claims that by altering the amount and type of protein in formulas, these problems can be reduced.
The new ‘optimised comfort’ formula concept contains alpha-lactalbumin, the most abundant protein in human milk, as well as whey protein hydrolysates, which have already been broken down by enzymes, effectively meaning they have been pre-digested.
Gut comfort is generally considered to be important for infant well-being and sleep, and infant discomfort problems are the most common reason for parents to switch between formulas to find a solution to their infant’s gastrointestinal issues.
According to Arla, the number of global launches of infant formula products with on-pack messages relating to comfort has risen by a CAGR of 11.6% over the past five years.
The new formula concept incorporates Arla’s Lacprodan ALPHA-10 ingredient, a whey protein concentrate with a minimum level of 41% alpha-lactalbumin as a proportion of total protein content; and Lacprodan IF-3070, a partially hydrolysed whey protein with a mixture of small and larger peptides.
The concept product has been created to showcase potential optimized comfort applications. It contains 9.7g of protein per 100g serving and has a protein to energy ratio of 1.9g/100kcal.
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