Soy formula and goat’s milk formula are very different from each other. While goat’s milk formula is a natural product, soy formula often needs a lot of processing before it can offer the same amount of nutrients and vitamins a dairy product can deliver. To learn more about the differences between soy formula and goat’s milk formula, please read our additional information below.
Soy formula is created by soy protein and other components. In this instance, we have to say, “other components”, because each soy formula brand can use a variety of ingredients to create their specific formula.
Parents who choose a soy formula for their child are often looking for an alternative to cow’s milk formula. Their reason for doing so can be quite diverse, but often comes down to the fact that they believe that soy is healthier for the child. This is not always the case. Soy formula contains substances referred to as isoflavones. It is these isoflavones that make the consumption of soy formula by litt le ones debatable.
Typical isoflavones found in soy formula are genistein, daidzein and glycitein. These isoflavones fall under the class of phytoestrogens, substances that are found in plants but can function as oestrogen in the body. Even though there has not been any substantiated evidence proving any harmful effects caused by phytoestrogens in formula, it is well-known that certain stages in the life of an infant are sensitive to oestrogens. Because of this fact, it could be years before any health issues come to light.
Potential side-effects of soy formula could appear later on in life in the form of early puberty in females, as well as alterations in the development of breast tissue. There is a difference between the consumption of soy in children and adults though, because adults can obtain essential nutrients from other foods while the diet of little ones relies solely on formula or milk.
Naturally, there are some instances where parents have no choice but to put their little one on a soy-based formula. However, using a soy-based formula should never be done unless by recommendation of a medical health professional.
A good portion of parents looking at soy formula as an alternative to cow’s milk, do so because their child is having problems digesting cow’s milk formula. However, parents should be aware that there is more than one alternative to cow’s milk. One of these alternatives to cow’s milk is goat’s milk formula, an alternative with a lot of benefits.
A few years ago, goat’s milk started being used as an alternative to cow’s milk. The most prominent reason why parents switched to goat’s milk formula was that the formula was easier to digest for their child. However, many parents have come to see goat’s milk formula as the main formula choice on the market. Goat’s milk can deliver more benefits to little ones than regular cow’s milk in many cases, so it is worth exploring this alternative option.
The power of a good goat’s milk formula cannot be underestimated, because it is accompanied by benefits such as easier digestion. Below, you will find a short summary of the benefits that goat’s milk formula has become known for.
There are two things that make goat’s milk formula easier to digest for little ones, the presence of prebiotic oligosaccharides and the size of the fat globules.
Goat’s milk formula contains six times more prebiotic oligosaccharides than cow’s milk; this is good news for toddlers with digestive problems, because these substances can contribute to quick and easy digestion. Prebiotic oligosaccharides absorb water in the digestive tract; this water will make the stool softer and easier to pass. However, prebiotic oligosaccharides also increase the amount of healthy gut bacteria that help with digestion, as well as limit the number of pathogenic bacteria that may cause infection or illness.
The size of the fat molecules in goat’s milk formula is considerably smaller than the fats in cow’s milk formula; this makes the curd in the stomach softer and easier to digest.
Goat’s milk formula contains approximately 46% more vitamin A and 33% more magnesium than regular cow’s milk formula. The differences in vitamins and nutrients certainly has benefits for a child, especially when you consider the role vitamin A and magnesium play in the development and growth of a child.
Vitamin A is responsible for the development of the eyes and contributes to important functions in the body such as the immune system, bone growth and the repair of muscle tissue. These functions make vitamin A absolutely essential for any child, which is why we stand firmly behind our Oli6 Dairy Goat Milk Formula.
Magnesium cannot be forgotten when we discuss the benefits of goat’s milk though, because magnesium is just as important as other minerals in the human body. Scientists have always been fascinated by magnesium – and with good reason! Magnesium has proven to have anxiety-reducing capabilities and plays a role in the health of the child in general.
Oli6 Dairy Goat Milk Formula gives your little one major vitamins, minerals and nutrients needed for a long and healthy life. The composition of our formula also contributes to the growth and development of your child, so you will never have to worry if your child gets all the stuff that he or she needs to become a healthy and happy adult. To learn more about our range and the benefits of our formula, be sure to have a look at our information pages and our formula options on the shop section.
Adults who have problems digesting regular milk or who want to benefit from the advantages of natural goat’s milk can certainly do so. Adults can consume regular goat’s milk, but they could also choose our delicious milk drinks.
In addition to a large range of formulas, Oli6 now offers a milk drinks for children and adults. If you would like to benefit from better digestion, why not try our milk drink too?