ESPGHAN 2018 Scientific trends in child nutrition.
- Discussions are ongoing about whether children even need a special formula for juniors from the age of one and, if so, whether European legislation needs to be amended.
- It can make sense to supplement a child's diet with junior formula to ensure the recommended nutrient intake with iron, vitamin D and the omega-3 fatty acids ALA and/or DHA.
- Our body contains more bacteria than body cells.
- The awareness of the importance of living in an intact microbial environment is therefore gaining traction.
- The oligosaccharides (polysaccharide) in breast milk have bioactive substances that have a positive influence on the microbiome or the intestinal bacteria in children.
- The same applies to probiotics that are also available in very small quantities in breast milk.
- The variety of different healthy intestinal bacteria continues to fall due to the unhealthy diets prevalent in western countries.
- Children who subsequently develop a milk allergy often have an atypical microbiome.
- It is a trigger for a disrupted immune system, which causes a tendency to allergy and other malfunctions in the immune system.
- It is beginning to emerge that a low protein infant formula that is similar to breast milk has a positive influence on the weight management, the body build and metabolism of a child.
- However, the results and studies are contradictory or inconsistent in part.
- Modified low-protein infant formula supports both the child's growth and the development of healthy metabolism as much as infant formula with a higher protein content and even surpasses it with regard to bioavailability of protein.
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