To the average customer, all formula milk powder in the market might look the same - but they're not. Look beyond the marketing and advertising, and you should be able to study key information about the formula and how it is made.
There are several formula milk processing methods used by the industry for drying dairy from liquid to powder form. These include spray dried, dehydration and/or evaporation, often at high temperatures to remove water, with dietary additions (such as vegetable-based fatty acids) to the mixture along the production line. While high heat treatment helps minimize contamination and seems better for hygiene, the natural structure of milk proteins gets damaged or destroyed, altering its chemical composition by the time it becomes dry.
The problem with this is that once proteins are damaged by high heat, they are not easily absorbed by your child's digestive system membrane, placing heavy demands on an organ that is still building cell by cell. This factor may cause your child to experience indigestion, colic, constipation and general stomach discomfort, and in turn prevent them from living the best of their childhood or missing out on school.
Our formulation is based on 150 years of Dutch Dairy expertise and is thus different by design. First, we start with a high-quality ingredient: milk supply straight from our own natural source, straight from our cattle farms in the Netherlands. Fresh milk is delivered from farm to factory within 1.5 hours at no higher than 4°C to ensure optimal freshness. Then, we apply our innovative LocNutri™ technology with specialized equipment controlled within our processing plant to exacting standards. This technology uses mild heat treatment during the formula manufacturing process, so that proteins are preserved closer to their native structures. In fact, we are able to lock in more than 90% of natural nutrients from its fluid form, all thanks to this trademark powder formula solution. Doing so helps the nutrients to be easily digested and absorbed by your child's delicate and sensitive tummy.
High-sugar foods is known to contribute to weight gain and excess body fat, which is why our innovative formula has no added sucrose. Instead it contains lactose, the natural sugar in milk, with all its beneficial properties. Feeding on good proteins is necessary for humans to produce healthy muscle, skin, and hair production. It also supports the immune system and aids in antibody production, keeping your child safe from the inside out. Young children have specific nutritional requirements, and a single digestive disease can have adverse effects on their natural gut bacteria. With this at stake, it is important to research and choose a formula that can help your child's gastrointestinal digestion, even if it might cost slightly more.
For greater transparency, you can even track where our formula is distributed, from production to storage, all the way to its delivery to the supermarket shelves. This way, you can be assured that you are giving your child high-quality milk in every glass.
Your child is constantly exposed to new and exciting things in the world and we, like every mother, want to help them make the most out of their discovery years. A healthy digestive system also means that your child is less stressed and will have the required energy and spirit to enjoy all kinds of activities with you. After all, it's really the little things in life that matter the most.
We hope the information in this article regarding formula milk processing is helpful for you in your choice of quality formula. If you would like to see if Friso® Gold is suitable for your child (e.g. potential food allergy, etc.), speak to your pediatrician for input or call the Friso® Gold Careline at 1800-88-1647 for service and support, available every Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.