What is lactose? Why do you add lactose to your formula?

Bubs Australia

Lactose is a natural sugar found in dairy milk and is naturally present in all dairy milks. It is not an added sugar. It’s considered to be the best form of carbohydrate for babies. In fact, some countries actually require lactose to be >90% of the total carbohydrate content in Stage 1 formula. Australian food standards guidelines for infant formula very clearly define the nutritional content limits that all formula products must meet. All products must deliver a certain amount of carbohydrate content per 100 kJ. Hence, in order to meet those requirements, we need to add the right ingredients in the right proportions to deliver on those nutritional targets. Both lactose and corn syrup solids are regulatory approved forms of carbohydrate to use in infant formula to meet these targets. In our Stage 1, 100% of that carbohydrate is sourced from lactose. In our Stage 2&3 formulations, we source a majority from lactose, and the balance from corn syrup solids. 

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