What Are Essential Fatty Acids?
Essential Fatty Acids And Why They Are Important
Put simply, the main source of energy for infants in the first year of their life is fats. So the importance of the properties and source of these fats goes without saying. We choose Full Cream over Skimmed Milk because our research shows that many more Essential fatty acids are present in full cream, which play a vital role in your child’s physical and neurological development.
Essential fatty acids are types of fat that are essential in the diet because they can’t be produced by the body. These fats help build cells, regulate the nervous system, strengthen the cardiovascular system, build immunity, and help the body absorb nutrients.
A fatty acid called Palmitic acid, predominantly found in mammal’s milk fat (whole milk cream), plays an important role in aiding calcium absorption in the infant gut.
In our competitors’ formulas, fatty acids are added by mixing in more oils. This produces the fatty acids that are needed, but in vegetable oils palmitic acid is found in the sn-1 & sn-3 position. Our research has found this can react to form insoluble calcium soaps which are the cause of constipation, discomfort and a disrupted sleep.
Because we use Full Cream to supplement the vegetable oils in our Kendamil Infant Formula, the important Palmitic acid is present to a greater extent in the sn-2 which helps calcium absorption and aids digestion. We then add in other important fatty acids, linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid along with proteins, vitamins and minerals to help give your baby the best start in life.