Parents looking for toddler formula always want to know the benefits of each product, but also the differences between popular formula types and formula stages. To help parents decide if goat’s milk formula is a good option for their toddler, we are about to compare it to standard cow’s milk formula, another formula that is quite popular amongst Australian parents. So, to learn more about goat’s milk formula and its unique characteristics, please read the information provided by Oli6 below.
One of the biggest differences between a standard cow’s milk and goat’s milk formula for toddlers is the level of prebiotic oligosaccharides. Compared to normal cow’s milk, goat’s milk formula contains 6 times more prebiotic oligosaccharides. But what does this mean for your toddler?
Prebiotic oligosaccharides are a form of dietary fibres, also known as non-digestible carbohydrates. Instead of being digested, prebiotic oligosaccharides travel to the large intestine. There, they perform numerous functions to aid the digestion of your toddler; this includes the absorption of water and stimulating the growth of so-called healthy gut bacteria.
By absorbing water, prebiotic oligosaccharides can make the stool softer as is it passing through the large intestine. Therefore, it is less likely for the toddler to experience cramping, since the stool becomes softer and easier to pass. This also means that goat formula is gentler on the sensitive tummies of toddlers.
Stimulating the growth of healthy gut bacteria also contributes to the digestion benefits of prebiotic oligosaccharides in goat formula, because healthier gut bacteria could translate into better digestion. The growth of these healthy bacteria also influences the levels of harmful bacteria, since the stimulated growth of probiotics limits the number of pathogenic bacteria. Hence, toddlers consuming goat formula with higher levels of prebiotic oligosaccharides could get an extra barrier of protection against infection.
Even though most formulas contain the same types of vitamins and minerals, there can be a difference in the levels of these nutrients. Goat formula for example, contains higher levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium and calcium than regular cow’s milk, and this could deliver some benefits many parents are not aware of yet.
Vitamin A is commonly associated with the development of vision and sight, which is normal considering that this vitamin plays a crucial role in this process. However, the high levels of vitamin A inside goat formula do not only contribute to sight and vision development, since this vitamin also fulfils others functions in the human body.
In addition to developing your toddler’s vision, vitamin A also helps to maintain the health of important parts of the body; this includes the skin, teeth, skeletal tissue and mucous membranes. Consequently, providing your child with a good source of vitamin A is essential for their growth and development.
The Oli6 Goat Formula can also be complemented by foods that are rich in vitamin A. Fortunately, parents have many ingredients to choose from, since vitamin A is mainly present in ingredients from animal sources; this includes eggs, meats, cheese, cod and halibut.
High levels of vitamin C in the formula of your toddler is also beneficial, especially when you start to consider all the functions vitamin C plays an important role in. Vitamin C, also referred to as ascorbic acid, is responsible for the growth and repair of tissues, the creation of collagen and wound healing. Of course, there are many other processes vitamin C is involved in, but the processes mentioned above are the most common functions associated with vitamin C.
Parents must also consider that vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, since it is a water-soluble vitamin. Consequently, children must obtain their daily recommended amount of vitamin C from dietary sources, which could prove difficult if your toddler is currently going through the fussy eating stage.
With the help of a good goat formula, you can supplement a vitamin C shortage in the diet of your child. Naturally, it is important to still provide you child with good sources of vitamin C during his fussy eating stage, because learning to appreciate vitamin C rich foods could have a positive influence on your child’s health long term.
Fortunately, there are many foods with high levels of vitamin C, so if your child absolutely refuses to eat a certain ingredient, there are still others to choose from. Good sources of vitamin C include broccoli, citrus and tomatoes, the latter being the easiest to introduce to toddlers.
When you consider that magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the human body, the importance of a higher level of magnesium in goat’s milk formula becomes all the clearer.
In addition to hundreds of other important functions, magnesium is responsible for the functioning of the immune system. It also keeps the bones strong and the heart rhythm regular, and studies have been executed to discover a link between magnesium and the prevention/management of certain medical problems; this includes high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. So, we could state that magnesium is not only vital for toddlers, but also for adults.
There are many suitable food sources containing high levels of magnesium, which makes your job as a parent a little easier. Rich sources of magnesium include fruits such as bananas, dried apricots and avocados, but also nuts such as almonds and cashews. Alternatively, parents can ensure their child gets enough magnesium by serving them peas, beans and grains. However, magnesium supply can get problematic if your child displays some fussy eating habits. Fortunately, goat formula is also a reliable source of magnesium.
On the surface, goat’s milk and cow’s milk formula are not that different. However, once you dig a little deeper, there are some minor difference that could ultimately prove beneficial for your toddler. Therefore, it is always a good idea to do some research into various formulas before you decide to pick a specific brand.
Do you have any questions regarding Oli6 Dairy Formulas? Feel free to contact Oli6, we will be more than happy to answer your questions.