How will the new formula be different?
Increase in the content of polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs)
What are LCPs?
LCP stands for long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fatty acids are important for your baby. Examples of LCPs are docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid, and arachidonic acid (ARA), an omega-6 fatty acid
As a baby’s body cannot produce sufficient amounts of LCPs itself in the first months, we have been adding LCPs to our infant formulae for a long time. Now the EU has passed a directive on formulae making the addition of DHA a legal requirement.
Experts also support the addition of DHA and ARA to infant formula. Studies have shown that formulae not fortified with these fatty acids may lead to lower fatty acid levels in bottle-fed infants compared to breastfed infants, as breast milk naturally contains ARA. This is why we have been adding a combination of DHA and ARA to our HiPP infant formulae for some years..
What is DHA and why is it important?
DHA – which stands for docosahexaenoic acid – is a long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids occur naturally in breast milk. To ensure that babies who are not breastfed are also provided with enough DHA, it is added to infant formula, e.g. in the form of fish oil.
What is ARA?
ARA – which stands for arachidonic acid – is a long-chain polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid. Omega-6 fatty acids occur naturally in breast milk. The content depends heavily on the mother’s diet. To ensure that babies who are not breastfed are also provided with enough of these vital fatty acids, ARA is added to infant formula, e.g. in the form of plant-based oils (e.g. from Mortierella alpina).