Bunge Loders Croklaan, a provider of oils and fats solutions for the food industry, has launched Betapol Select, a lipid ingredient for infant milk formula that is inspired by natural variations in the composition of human breast milk. Betapol Select is Bunge Loders Croklaan’s first product line that mimics the fat composition of Chinese mother’s milk.
Dr Emiliano Rial Verde, vice-president nutrition at Bunge Loders Croklaan, said: “With the launch of Betapol Select today and Betapol Plus last year, we are expanding our infant nutritional lipid portfolio in all geographics and getting closer than ever before to the gold standard of mother’s milk.
“Research in infant nutrition made us understand that macronutrients in human breat milk vary – not only with lactation stages, diurnally, and within feeds, but also regionally. These regional differences are influenced by the mother’s origin and diet. Our new solution combines the benefits of Betapol with OPL and POP balance naturally present in Chinese mother’s milk fat.”
OPO and OPL are structed lipids present in mother’s milk. According to Bunge Loders Croklaan, the presence of palmitic acid in the centre position has been clinically proven, in the past decades, to improve energy intake, increase bone mineral density, reduce constipation, increase healthy gut bacteria, reduce crying, and improve sleep.
The company also found that mother’s milk has shown regional differences. For instance, in Western mother’s milk fat, OPO is the most prevalent triglyceride, followed by OPL (oleic-palmitic-linoleic). In Chinese mother’s milk, it is the other way around – the fat composition contains a higher level of OPL, followed by OPO. To mimic this balance, Betapol Select provides a high level of SN-2 palmitate with the combination of OPL and OPO triglycerides.
Dr Wiola Mi, global human nutrition science lead of Betapol, added: “Data from Chinese mother’s milk gave us confidence in introducing Betapol Select to the Chinese market, and respond to the needs of personalisation that parents are looking for in premium infant nutrition.
“Breastfeeding provides babies with the best start in life, but when breastfeeding is not an option choosing the right infant formula is key for babies’ healthy growth and development. While mother’s milk fat contains only 3-4% fat, it provides 50% of a baby’s energy intake in the first six months. Designed for the needs of Chinese babies, Betapol Select provides the OPL-OPO balance to mimic Chinese mother’s milk fat and, at the same time, comply with the current and upcoming Chinese GB standards for infant and toddler formula.”