Friday, April 15, 2016
Research shows that quality and quantity of protein have an impact in infant’s growth patterns
Nestle Nutrition Institute met with delegates at the Community Practitioners and Health Visitor Association (CPHVA) annual conference in November 2015 in Manchester, UK, to share exciting new research into infants’ growth patterns and technical innovation to improve the quality of protein in infant formula.
Breastfeeding is the unequalled way of feeding infants, and breast milk has an amino acid composition and protein quality perfectly adapted to the needs of infants. Infant formula innovation has focused on improving protein quality to enable a reduction in protein quantity, with the aim of encouraging growth in formula-fed infants comparable to the breastfed reference given in the UK-WHO 2009 growth charts.
A protein innovation patented by Nestle enables a reduction in protein quantity while meeting the protein quality necessary for infant growth and regulatory compositional requirements. Clinical trials have confirmed the efficacy of the new formulation in supporting appropriate growth in formula-fed infants.