If you have done your homework and researched the best organic formula as we did back in the day, you have surely have come across the names HiPP, Lebenswert, and Holle a few times.
Though currently not sold in the US, due to the growing awareness of what the ingredients in the US-produced organic baby formula are and the harm they can do to a developing baby, more and more distributors of these EU produced organic formulas have popped up over the years.
One of the most common questions we get at the Organic Baby Food Shop is: “which formula is the best?” And, “What are the differences between these three well-known brands?”
While we chose to feed our little ones Lebenswert, it really is a personal choice for each parent and depending on their babies’ needs. Let's have a look at these three organic formulas and hopefully make it easier for you to choose one.
Let's start off by comparing Holle and Lebenswert formulas
Both organic formulas are made in Europe and contain only top quality ingredients. Lebenswert is actually made by Holle and both follow anthroposophical principles, which means that all the ingredients used in Holle's organic formulas come from farms that strictly follow the biodynamic farming practices. Biodynamic farming sees the earth, soil, their animals and plants as one, and firmly exclude chemicals, antibiotics, hormones or any other unnatural synthetic additive.
One of the differences between these amazing two formulas is maltodextrin, which is a polysaccharide that is derived from starch, Holle Stage 1, Holle Stage 2, and Holle stage 3 contains a small amount of maltodextrin while Holle Pre and Lebenswert stage 1 do not contain this ingredient, Lebenswert stage 2 and Lebenswert stage 3 however do.
One other difference is that Holle Organic (Bio) Formulas contain a higher percentage of fat, around 5 grams, compared to Lebenswert Formulas . So having a closer look at both formulas, the conclusion is that they are both one of the absolute best formulas, and whatever formula you end up choosing will be the right choice.
Now that we know a little bit more about Holle and Lebenswert Formulas, let's compare them to HiPP.
HiPP is another great brand that was founded by and is still run by the HiPP family for over 100 years now. Same as Holle Formulas and Lebenswert Formulas, HiPP stands for ecological agriculture and sustainable values for over 50 years now. You can read more about HiPP here. HiPP, however, does have traces of aluminum in their formula, though extremely small and given the high standards of Ecological Agriculture in the EU, there is no proof that this can actually harm a baby, Holle and Lebenswert Formulas are aluminum free. HiPP also contains LCP oils, though studies have shown that Omega 3 and 6 oils do not influence the development of a growing baby in a good or bad way. All three formulas are organic, however, Holle and Lebenswert formulas are biodynamic, which goes a step further than traditional organic farming. HiPP compared to Holle and Lebenswert Formulas has a wide range of products that contain probiotics, and a special formula line that addresses specific issues for babies such as Anti Reflux Formula or Special Comfort ( for colic support).
We at the Organic Baby Food Shop believe that the bottom line is that all formulas are great and go far beyond the organic formulas available in the US, so whichever of these 3 organic formulas you end up choosing, you and your baby will be in great hands and your baby will develop and grow into a happy young child.
Remember, we offer HiPP, Lebenswert and Holle for the absolute best price available in the USA and free fast shipping from our offices and warehouses in California, New Jersey and Texas. Should you have any questions we are more than happy to help.
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