Beyond Calories and Protein What Special Nutrients Are in Infant Formulas

In addition to providing energy and protein, many infant formulas are iron fortified and contain a complement of vitamins and minerals to improve their composition. Recently, DHA and ARA (arachidonic acid) have been included to some infant formulations. These fatty acids are richly found in the brain and other neurological tissue and are believed to be important for proper neurological and cognitive development. Additionally, some formulas contain antioxidants as well as bacterial strains such as bifidobacteria, which are important for properly functioning digestive tract.

DHA is important for infants and children to support proper development of the brain.

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