milk and lactose

The impact of lactose. Why is it important for babies?

March 01, 2018

Reading the nutrition facts on the backside of your baby formula can create questions... Carbohydrates 58 g .. from Sugars 58 g ... from Lactose 58 g
Some of you might think .. Really? That much lactose in my organic formula? Is that bad or what is it good for? 
In this article we are going to explain you shortly what lactose concretely is and why your baby needs it for a good and healthy development.

Lactose is a substance in milk and milk products. It is one of the most important carbohydrate source in breast milk and baby formula. It is a kind of natural sugar (a so called disaccharide) that our babies transform into energy. What makes it so important? Its benefits. We want to point out 3 healthy impact points for the development of our babies.

Good for the guts

We all have a certain amount of friendly bacterias in our digestive system that
support its healthy balance. Lactose has an healthy impact on the digestive system, cause it stimulates the immune system in boosting the growth of friendly bacterias.

Good for the brain

Lactose has a healthy impact on the brain. Lactose consists out of two molecules: Galactose and glucose. The sugar molecule galactose is one of the easiest energy source available for babies that is needed for a proper development of their brains and nerves.

Good for the bones

Not exclusively, but especially during the growth the body needs two minerals that strengthen the bones in their development and formation: calcium and phosphorus. Lactose helps our babies organism to absorb those two minerals in order to get sturdy bones.

In conclusion, is lactose bad for my baby? No, unless your baby is not showing significant signs of a lactose intolerance, it is not bad. It provides your baby with energy. From the nutritive point of view lactose is important for the health and development of our babies.



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