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Which Organic Formula is Truly Organic?

With so much controversy on which formula to suggest to a client, I have decided to take this opportunity to point you in the right direction.

If I wanted to include the European formulas, we would have many to choose from, but because I have decided to include only U.S. formula, the selection is much more precise. When looking at the 'Organic" formulas, we can eliminate most of the formulas as they are not truly organic.

To be genuinely organic, you must not use artificial ingredients. Using Martek's DHA/ARA, you are technically invalidating the organic rule. And let's remember that sugar can technically be considered organic. So ingredients are huge in picking out a formula.

"Palm oil is used as a primary fat source in infant formulas; it could contribute to poor absorption of calcium and fat, potentially resulting in lower bone density," This according to, but it can and is used in an organic formula.
Synthetic preservatives such as beta carotene and ascorbic palmitate are used in some of these organic formulas. As is carrageenan, an added stabilizer which leads to leads to intestinal inflammation and colon tumors. Many are loaded with sugars, which may not be inorganic but is seriously bad for the child.

Here are some other ingredients to watch for in formulas

Carrageenan You will find this additive in tons of stuff in your health food store, and infant formula is no exception. Derived from seaweed, carrageenan helps stabilize liquid formula, but numerous animal studies suggest that it leads to intestinal inflammation and colon tumors. The European Union has outlawed the use of carrageenan in all infant formula, but in the United States, it appears in both conventional and organic varieties.

Preservatives. Synthetic preservatives are sometimes added to prevent the oils in the formula from spoiling. Two that have been snuck into organic formulas are: beta carotene and ascorbic palmitate.

Synthetic nutrients. There are several synthetic nutrients that you will find in organic formulas, none of which is legal in the European Union (for organic formulas). Look out for lutein (hexane-extracted from marigolds), lycopene (produced with toluene, a neurotoxic benzene derivative), nucleotides (produced from chemically treated yeast), taurine (processed with carcinogenic sulfuric acid), and l-carnitine (which was banned by the National Organic Standards Board because of concerns over carcinogenic properties). Unfortunately, even the U.S. formula we recommend below does contain some of these synthetics in order to meet FDA nutrition requirements.

Certain sugars. Breastmilk is naturally super sweet, so formulas invariably contain added sugars. The sweetener that most closely mimics that found in human milk is lactose, but this cow’s milk-based sweetener is expensive, so many manufacturers instead use plant-based sucrose, which was banned by The European Union in 2009 (except for babies with allergies), because of concerns of over-feeding and subsequent obesity. (The FDA provides no such regulation on what kind of sugars can be used.) Other sweeteners include maltodextrin (made from rice, corn, or potatoes), and “glucose syrup solids,” which is corn syrup solids. In 2012, concerns were raised about formulas sweetened with brown rice syrup when Dartmouth researchers found that organic formula made with organic brown rice syrup contained six times the EPA’s safe limit for arsenic.

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Here are some organic U.S made formulas:

  1. Happy Baby Organic
  2. Bright Beginnings Organic Baby Formula
  3. Parent's Choice Organic Baby Formula
  4. Similac Organic Baby Formula
  5. Baby's Only Organic Baby Formula
  6. Earth's Best Organic Baby Formula
  7. Vermont Organic Baby Formula
  8. Whole Foods 365 Organic Baby Formula
  9. Designed by Nature Organic Baby Formula

Eliminating the not truly organic formulas, you are left with in order of preference.

  1. Designed by Nature Organic Baby Formula
  2. Baby's Only Organic Baby Formula
  3. Earth's Best Organic Baby Formula (only the label with the DHA/ARA removed)

I hope this short article helps you when you are asked to recommend a formula.

Remember to always state "in my opinion" when speaking to a client.

I am not a medical professional or nutritionist. This is the information I have gleaned from research.


Written by : Nancy Hamm

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