Why Shouldn't Palm Oil be in Your Child’s Formula?

Why Shouldn't Palm Oil be in Your Child’s Formula?

Posted by Diane, MPH, RD, LD - Director of Nutrition Services on May 7th 2019

Ask the Dietitian - Why shouldn't Palm Oil & Palm Olein Oil be in Your Child’s Formula?

Plant-based vegetable oils are routinely added to formulas to meet the energy needs of the child and provide a dietary supply of the essential fatty acid requirements of a rapidly growing child.

Since plant-based vegetable oils are an essential ingredient of formulas on the market today, and with so many plant-based oils to choose from, how do you know that your child is being nourished with a formula containing a high quality blend of organic vegetable oils that meet the energy and essential fatty acid needs of the child?

Palm Olein Oil is nutritionally inferior, can cause constipation: Palm olein oil is used as a part of the fat blend in many of the popular, name-brand baby formulas currently being sold to consumers, yet it is perhaps the most questionable fat of them all. Palm olein oil is made from palm oil. During digestion of palm olein oil, a free fatty acid called palmitic acid, readily binds with calcium and forms an insoluble calcium-palmitate soap. Clinical studies have clearly demonstrated that when palm olein oil is used as a predominant fat source in infant formulas, it causes some babies to poorly absorb fat and calcium resulting in less absorbed energy and lower bone mineralization (bone density). Also, the formation of the insoluble calcium soaps in the gut can lead to harder stool formation or constipation.

Bad for your baby; bad for the environment: Almost 90% of all palm olein oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia at oil-palm plantations and there is some indication that palm oil production may soon occur in Africa. This has resulted in widespread deforestation, destruction of rain forests, and putting the survival of some endangered animals at risk. The clearing of tropical rain forests by burning of the vegetation to make way for palm olein oil plantations also results in the release of large amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

Baby’s Only Organic® Toddler Formulas contain no palm olein oil. Instead, Baby’s Only Organic® formulas contain a nutritious blend of organic plant-based vegetable oils: Organic High Oleic Sunflower or Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil and Organic Coconut Oil. Baby’s Only Organic® vegetable oils are expeller-pressed, which is a squeezing process to extract the oil from the organic plants. No harsh chemicals like hexane are used to in our formulas.

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**For specific medical care and nutritional advice on product usage, please see your healthcare professional