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Many new mothers do not realize there is sugar or a derivative of sugar like fructose or cane sugar in baby formula. Why do our infants need this sugar which is a contributing factor to America's obesity problem. Sugar may also cause babies to arch their bodies as if trying to rid themselves from digestive problems. Similac and Enfamil are two major manufacturers. Let's start a crusade to eliminate sugar from infant formula and get our babies off to a healthy start in life.
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Human milk is sweeter than other mammal milk because it has more sugar, about 21 percent. These sugars though are unlike those in formula as they are similar to those found n the surface of a human cell and are actually formed within the breast with the same exact enzymes. They behave like a decoy that harmful viruses and bacteria then bind to. Not to mention human lactose, that sugar that fuels an infant's brain growth. There is also a sugar that feeds the beneficial gut flora. In other words there is a lot of human sugar found in human milk. I would imagine that formula manufacturers are trying to create a similar sweet taste since humans infants are geared to the taste of sweet breast milk, though unfortunately the sugars in formula are not the same.
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I don't quite understand what the concern is about sugar in formula.  If you would like to discuss the different types of sugars and the sources used in various commercial formulas, this would make sense.

 

The human body breaks down food and converts it into sugar.  Sugars and proteins are the main nutrients found in all milk.  Babies need sugar.  

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So I have done a bit more reading and apparently,the sugars are the carb and fuel of formula. Where as human milk sugars provide a range of benefits (as well as being fuel also).
Not surprisingly lactose is the preferred sugar when one chooses formula as opposed to corn syrup or sucrose. Lactose though is only found in milk based formulas. Unfortunately the other formulas contain mostly corn syrup but I did find that the Earths Best Organic milk based contained both, sugars derived from milk and from corn (they call it glucose syrup but upon investigation it is corn syrup). Natures One brand uses brown rice syrup. Well, that is some of the info I gathered upon embarking on this subject........totally new to me as I breastfeed and never really investigated formula.


One thing that absolutely baffles me is the difference of sugar amounts per serving depending upon the brand (4-13 grams).
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