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What rumors about infant milk powder had you heard?

Posted on: November 12, 2019, by Samantha

Introduction: Recently, the author has heard some false statements about infant milk powder, and there are many false comments on the Internet. For example, as long as raw milk is written on the formula ingredient list, it means that milk powder produced by the wet process and milk nutritional facts are more balanced and fresh, and the quality of milk powder produced by skimmed milk powder is not good. ... This caused many parents to panic when they saw it. At one time, they thought that the milk powder they gave their babies was bad, and they did not know how to choose the milk powder for babies. Today, the author refutes these false statements one by one, hoping that you can treat them rationally.

Rumor 1: If the first place in the ingredient list is raw milk, then it is made by the wet process. And the dry process for powder.

Recently, there are some comments on the internet: "Wet process is produced with fresh milk, milk powder is fresh, milk nutrients are better!" "Where the first ingredient list is XX powder, then this milk powder is produced by a dry process. The milk powder produced by the dry process is not as good as that produced by a wet process."

To dispel rumors:
About milk powder technology, according to the requirements of "Detailed Rules for the Production License Examination of Infant Formula Milk Powder (2013 Edition)", the production technology of infant formula milk powder includes dry process, wet process, and dry-wet process.

The wet process refers to a series of production operations include standardized ingredients, homogenization, sterilization, concentration, spray drying and so on.

According to the registration information of milk powder formulation issued by the State Food and Drug Administration, the author has sorted out the production process information and milk-based raw materials information of 400 kinds of milk powder. However, from the statistical results, the milk powder produced by the wet process is either fresh milk or skimmed milk powder. So, as mentioned above. The "wet process milk powder is produced by fresh milk" is unreliable at all. It can also be seen that there is no fixed relationship between the raw materials used and the process used.

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milk

Milk-based raw materials are skimmed milk powder that may be made by wet methods, such as Wyeth Illuma, absolute, babykins, etc.

However, the use of fresh milk may also be the dry method, such as optimal, Hipp, Hyprocal, mochiko, etc., more likely to be a dry-wet method, such as A2 platinum, Royal Friso, etc.

Therefore, the production process of milk powder can not be judged from the ingredient list, let alone the milk powder produced by the wet process is the best.

Rumor 2: Milk powder, which is not made from raw milk, is not good.

In the past two years, with the publicity of the merchants, "raw milk" began to attract more and more people's attention. Raw cow milk powder is an important factor to ensure fresh milk powder, which has its unique advantages. But sometimes, the Internet began to have misleading comments such as " the milk powder only made by raw milk is good milk powder, the rest is produced by large packages of powder, not fresh, not good".

To dispel rumors:
First of all, raw milk is fresher than milk powder. It has its unique advantages. But some brands that claim to be raw milk production often include not only raw milk but also skimmed milk powder and full-fat milk powder.

Secondly, the author found that although some milk powder was labeled raw milk in the ingredient list, its production plant and milk source were not in the same area, so they need to dry fresh milk into powder first, then transport it to the production plant for reprocessing and mixing other nutrients for canning, which is with us. There is still some difference in the production of fresh milk into flour at one time.

I would like to say to all parents and friends that we should not only consider the "fresh" factor when buying milk powder for babies. Fresh milk production is good, but the reference conditions for a good can of milk powder are various. In addition to milk sources, we should also refer comprehensively to the production equipment, technology, hygiene inspection, formula and other factors of the milk company.

Therefore, the information of raw milk or milk powder written on the ingredient list is not enough to judge the quality of milk powder, so it is not recommended to choose milk powder to take it as an indicator.

Rumor 3: Low Safety of Milk Powder Produced with Skim/Whole Milk Powder

There are rumors on the Internet that milk powder is made of skim milk powder or full-fat milk powder, its quality is not good and its safety is low, it will be dissolved twice, processed at high temperature, and its nutritional loss is high. Such milk powder has low nutritional value and bad nutritional value.

To dispel rumors:
First, the safety of milk powder has little to do with whether skim milk powder, whole milk powder or fresh milk are used, because the production and sale of milk powder must go through a series of tests and meet the relevant national standards.
Secondly, the production process of milk powder includes a wet process, dry process, and dry-wet composite process. According to the different process used, the ingredients of milk powder do not necessarily undergo re-dissolution reduction and twice high temperatures.

Therefore, referring to the previous article, the information on raw milk or milk powder written on the ingredient list is not enough to judge the quality of milk powder, so it is not recommended to choose milk powder as an indicator.

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milk

Rumor 4: Eat milk powder will make the baby’s body feel out of balance.

There is a popular saying that "milk powder feeding is easy to get inflamed", the main Symptom is a dry stool, halitosis breath and so on. The baby's inflammation is not caused by certain milk powder. The growth and development of the baby is a process of constantly exploring and accepting new things, including new foods. In this process, various symptoms may occur. People tend to attribute these symptoms to what they eat or what they don't eat. For example, dry stool, in fact, breastfed children may also cause the baby to excrete dry stool. And some parents, when brewing milk powder, intentionally or unintentionally add less water, think that this can give children "more nutrition", but do not know that this may be the cause of constipation, and often be attributed to "milk powder cause inflamed".

For example, children begin to add supplementary foods. In the process of trying new foods, allergies and intolerance are more easily encountered. For children who are fed formula milk powder at the same time, the discomfort of trying new foods is often attributed to the "inflammation on milk powder".

To dispel rumors:
Correctly adjust the proportion of water and milk powder. For babies prone to dry stool or constipation, it is recommended that feed them the milk powder with OPO, probiotics, compound probiotics formula or milk powder with a higher proportion of whey protein should be added as far as possible.

At the same time, ensure that the baby drinking water appropriately. In the process of adding supplementary food, do not add another kind of supplement food until the baby fully adapts to one kind of food, according to the age of the baby to add appropriate vegetables, fruits, to ensure dietary fiber intake.

Rumor 5: The more expensive the milk powder, the better it is.

When some parents choose milk powder from milk markets for their children, the only standard is the price. As soon as they enter the store, they ask, "Which milk powder is the most expensive?" In short, only the expensive ones are chosen, not the right ones.

To dispel rumors:
For babies, milk powder is the best as long as it is suitable; from the milk powder itself, raw materials, technology, formula and so on are important reference factors to test the quality of a milk powder, and the market price of milk powder is mostly related to its market positioning, and can not completely equal to the product quality.

In short, when choosing the milk powder, you should not blindly worship the price, but also consider your economic situation and baby needs,  milk powder is not the more expensive the better, only suitable is the best.

Rumor 6: Milk powder from abroad is better than that from home.

Some people always say that foreign milk powder standards are higher than domestic, so foreign milk powder will be better.

To dispel rumors:
First of all, the dietary structure and eating habits of each country are different, so the intake of nutrition will be different. According to these differences, the standards for infant milk powder production in each country are also different. When formulating infant formula milk powder standards in different countries, in addition to the standards issued by the International Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) as the benchmark, it will also be adjusted according to the actual situation of the country.

Secondly, in our country, no matter imported milk powder or domestic milk powder, as long as they are sold formally, they must conform to our national standards and registered formula should be through. Because such milk powder is more suitable for Chinese babies, but the overseas local milk powder only meets the standards of the producing countries, and it may not suitable for Chinese babies to eat.

Thirdly, in recent years, through timely and effective supervision and control, the quality of domestic milk powder has been steadily improved. According to industry insiders, the quality standards of milk powder in China are completely comparable to those of European and American countries.

Rumor 7: If this Milk powder is easy to dissolve, which is good quality.

Parents will pursue the milk powder with good solubility, which is one of the characteristics of good milk powder.

To dispel rumors:
The solubility of a milk powder mainly reflects the degree of milk powder recovered into milk, which is a physical phenomenon, and can not represent the quality of milk powder, because many factors are affecting the solubility of milk powder, such as water temperature, shaking strength, milk powder production process, etc.

Of course, if a milk powder has many abnormal phenomena besides poor solubilities, such as solution stratification, uneven powder color, hard lump, and peculiar smell, it must have quality problems.

Rumor 8: The more heavy/light fragrant the milk powder tastes, the better the milk powder is.

To dispel rumors:
Pure milk powder smells light frankincense, light but not rich tastes refreshing, fine powder, will slightly stick to the teeth and the tip of the tongue, there are slightly sweet when tasting the good milk powder rather than too sweet.

Rumor 9: Milk powder and rice flour are mixed to make nutrition more comprehensive.

To dispel rumors:
Rice flour is the first choice for infants in the early stage of supplementary feeding. In addition to providing them with some nutrients, the more important thing is to exercise their chewing and swallowing abilities, enrich their taste and improve their awareness. They can also let their babies experience different ways of eating and enlighten their self-care ability. But if rice flour and milk powder are mixed together and eaten through bottles, then these important functions of rice flour can not be brought into play at all, it will also affect the normal milk intake of children, and if the baby is fed in this way for a long time, it will also lead to inadequate intake of protein and other nutrients, and slow development.

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milk

Rumor 10: Milk Powder+White Sugar/Glucose Can Reduce the inflammation.

To dispel rumors:
Refer to Article 1 of the article on the issue of inflammation;
Secondly, sugar/glucose could not reduce inflammation at all.
Thirdly, adding sugar to babies can also easily lead to excessive sugar intake, leading to obesity and increased taste, Picky eating habits.

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