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When it comes to feeding your baby, you would probably want to feed your baby the best stuff! You will want to feed an organic food for your baby so why wouldn‘t you feed organic baby formulas? Conventional formulas such as Enfamil or Similac is widely used by parents, however, non-organic formulas contain harmful ingredients for your baby as listed below.
Non-Organic Baby Formulas Contain:
- Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, GEI, growth hormones, antibiotics, steroids or potentially harmful pesticides/herbicides
- Cow’s milk is from cows that are treated with antibiotics, steroids or fed with grain and hay that are grown with synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
- Cow’s milk from rBST (recombinant Bovine Somatotrophin), a growth hormone, injected cows (so that cows can produce more milk)
- Highly processed synthetic vitamins and minerals
- And various other contaminants
So then just get the organic formula, right? There are many organic infant formulas available in the market. However, just because the infant formulas are organic, it doesn’t mean all ingredients are organic or good for your baby. You may want to read the formula’s ingredients list and choose what organic formula will be best for your baby. Bad ingredients to avoid in the organic formulas are listed below.
Bad Ingredients to Avoid in the Organic Baby Formula
- Palm Oil – palm oil show decreased bone density in babies, presumably because it decreases calcium, palmitic acid, and fat absorption by the baby.
- Corn syrup (gluecose syrup solids) or maltodextrin (made from plant-based sweeteners such as rice, corn or potatoes)
Brown rice syrup is not good either because it usually put in too much amount.
(Organic lactose should be used as a sweetener.)
- Hexane (a neurotoxic petroleum-based solvent) – Hexane method of extracting the fatty acids (DHA from fish oil is good, not hexane-extracted oils from algae and fungus.)
- Carrageenan – This could cause colon tumors. It is banned in Europe but in US, it is in use in organic or non- organic formulas.
- Preservatives – beta carotene and ascorbic palmitate (even in organic formulas)
- Lutein – This is hexane-extracted from marigolds.
- Lycopene – This is produced with toluene, a neurotoxic benzene derivative.
- Nucleotides – This is produced from chemically treated yeast.
- Taurine – This is processed with carcinogenic sulfuric acid.
- L-Carnitine – This was banned by the National Organic Standards Board because of concerns over carcinogenic properties.
Unfortunately, all organic baby formulas contain Nucleotides and Taurine. On top of that, each organic baby formula has some of the bad ingredients listed above. Bad ingredients included in the organic baby formula by each manufacturer is listed below. Keep in mind that even if you decide on one brand, your baby may not like how that formula tastes or may not digest that formula easily depending on her digestive system. If that is the case, you may have to change to a different brand formula.
Holle Organic Baby FormulaGo New Mommy’s Choice
In my opinion, this organic baby formula is made of high quality milk and has the best ingredients.
Pros: In Holle baby formula, there is no synthetic ingredients as you’ll find in American formulas. Milk and ingredients are from farms that pass strict EU organic and Demeter regulations. This European baby formula is considered as high quality milk. Also, there is no soy or corn in the ingredients. There is no hexane extracted DHA and ARA. (No synthetic or natural DHA and ARA is added to the formula.)
Cons: There is maltodextrin and palm oil in the ingredients. (Lebenswert, their new formula use lactose instead of maltodextrin.)
HIPP Organic Baby Formula
Pros: HIPP Organic Baby Formula Milk comes from farms that use sustainable farming methods. This European baby formula is considered as high quality milk. Also, it uses lactose instead of plant-based sweeteners. (No maltodextrin) It also has prebiotics.
Cons: This formula uses palm oil as one of their ingredients. However, it is mixed with coconut oil. Their formula was found to have high aluminum levels.
Baby’s Only Organic Baby Formula
Pros: Only formula that has a DHA/ARA-free option. Their formula that has DHA/ARA, they use a non-hexane method of extracting the fatty acids. There is no Palm oil.
Cons: This formula uses brown rice syrup. It is blended with organic lactose.
Earth’s Best Organic Baby Formula
Pros: This formula has Organic Lactose.
Cons: This formula has Organic Lactose but it is blended with Organic Glucose Syrup Solids. There is also Palm oil. This formula uses hexane for extracting DHA and ARA from lab-grown algae and fungus.
The Honest Co. Non-GMO, Premium, Organic Baby Formula with Iron
Pros: This formula uses lactose and DHA from fish oil, not hexane-extracted oils from algae and fungus.
Cons: It has Palm oil, soy and corn syrup. Honest company has a lawsuit pending for their baby formula. They are accused that their formula has 11 substances prohibited by federal law from organics.
Similac Advance Organic Baby Formula
Pros: There is no palm oil in the ingredients.
Cons: There is carrageenan in the ingredients. The formula uses organic maltodextrin and organic sugar as their sweetener. It also has Lutein (which is processed with the neurotoxic solvent hexane), Lycopene (which is synthetically processed Toluene, a neurological toxin), I-Carnitine (possible human carcinogen), L-Methionine (required ingredients in soy based formula – soy based formula is not recommended due to use of GMO soy.
Vermont Organics Milk-Based Organic Baby Formula with Iron
Cons: This formula has palm oil, hexane-extracted DHA/ARA, and organic glucose syrup solids (corn).
Parent’s Choice Organic Baby Formula
Cons: This formula uses organic maltodextrin and organic glucose syrup solids. There is also palm oil and hexane-extracted DHA/ARA in the ingredients.
Plum Organics Grow Well Organic Baby Formula
Pros: They use lactose instead of plant-based sweeteners.
Cons: Organic Maltodextrin, Palm oil is used in the formula as ingredients. This formula also has the hexane-based
DHA and ARA.