Compare The Ingredients:
Life Stages Formulas are designed for kids from 1-13 but do meet the minimal nutrition requirements for infant formulas. Comparing against infant formula since doctors recommend breastfeeding until 2-3. Assuming bottle feed babies would need extra nutrition until 2-3 years of age and beyond. Feeding a child younger than 1 year should consult a physician or health care provider.
Life Stages Formulas
Cows Milk Formula
Whole Milk Powder (kosher), Sweet Dairy Whey (kosher), Organic Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Lactose (kosher), Gelatin (kosher), Nutritional Yeast, Bifidobacterium Infantis (probotic).
(Based on 36 ounces)
Calories 852, Protein 17g, Carbohydrates 76g, Total Fat 52g, Saturated Fats 26g, Omega 3 1.1g, Omega 6 4.1g, Cholesterol 136mg, Vitamin A 5000IU, Thiamin- B1, Riboflavin- B2 1.1mg, Niacin-B3 2.3mg, Vitamin B6 .50mg, Vitamin B12 1.7mg, Folate 235mcg, Vitamin C 55mg, Vitamin D 450IU, Vitamin E 6.1mg, Calcium 529mg, Copper .36mg, Iron 1.2mg, Magnesium 91.1mg, Manganese .032mg, Phosphorus 614mg, Potassium 946mg, Selenium 15.1mcg, Sodium 306mg, Zinc 2.6mg
Goats Milk Formula
Goats Milk, Sweet Dairy Whey (kosher), Organic Coconut Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Lactose (kosher), Gelatin (kosher), Nutritional Yeast, Bifidobacterium Infantis (probotic).
(Based on 36 ounces)
Calories 885,Protein 17g, Carbs 75g, Total Fat 52g, Saturated Fat 29g, Omega-3 Fat 1.1g, Omega-6 Fat 4.1g, Cholesterol 166mg, Vitamin A 5000IU, Thiamin-B1 1.1mg, Riboflavin-B2 1.2 mg, Niacin-B3 4.4mg, Vitamin B6 .59mg, Vitamin B12 2.6mg, Foliate 284 Vitamin C 59mg, Vitamin D 524 IU, Vitamin E 4.6mg, Calcium 547mg, Copper .58mg, Iron 2.2mg, Magnesium 96.1mg, Manganese 12mg Phosphorus 729mg, Potassium 1228mg, Selenium 18.6mg, Sodium 319mg, Zinc 2.6mg
Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Canola Oil, Soy Protein Isolate. Less than 0.5% of: Short-Chain Fructooligosaccharides, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Cellulose Gel, Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Phosphate, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Phosphate, Tuna Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Phosphate, Salt, Cellulose Gum, Choline Chloride, Ascorbic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Monoglycerides, Potassium Hydroxide, m-Inositol, Carrageenan, Taurine, Ferrous Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, L-Carnitine, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Niacinamide, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Lutein, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid, Chromium Chloride, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Sodium Molybdate, Phylloquinone, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin.
Pedia Smart Complete Nutrition
Other Ingredients: Organic rice maltodextrin, organic evaporated cane juice, organic lactose free milk protein concentrate, organic high oleic sunflower oil/or organic high oleic safflower oil, organic soybean oil, organic coconut oil, organic coconut oil, organic vanilla, natural flavors, potassium citrate, magnesium phosphate, potassium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline bitartrate, calcium phosphate, sodium chloride, organic soy lecithin, ascorbic acid (vit. C), magnesium chloride, taurine, d-alpha tocopheryl acetate (vit. E), ferrous sulfate, inositol, biotin, L-carnitine, calcium pantothenate, niacinamide, vitamin A palmiate, phytonadione (vit. K1), zinc oxide, cholecalciferol (vit. D3), thiamin mononitrate (vit. B1), manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vit. B6), riboflavin (vit. B2), copper sulfate, cyanocobalamin (vit. B12), potassium iodide, sodium selenate, folic acid, chromium chloride, sodium molybdate.
Contains milk, soy & coconut.
Similac Advance Organic Ingredients
Water, Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Maltodextrin, Organic Sugar (Sucrose), Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Soy Oil, Organic Coconut Oil. Less than 0.5% of the Following: C. Cohnii Oil*, M. Alpina Oil†, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Lycopene, Fructooligosaccharides, Ascorbic Acid, Potassium Citrate, Calcium Carbonate, Soy Lecithin, Carrageenan, Magnesium Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Taurine, m-Inositol, Zinc Sulfate, Niacinamide, d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, L-Carnitine, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Phylloquinone, Biotin, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Vitamin D3, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Hydroxide, and Nucleotides (Adenosine 5’-Monophosphate, Cytidine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Guanosine 5’-Monophosphate, Disodium Uridine 5’-Monophosphate).
* A source of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
† A source of arachidonic acid (ARA).
Contains milk and soy ingredients.
Looking closer at ingredients in commercial formulas
DHA/ARA Omega 3&6 for brain & eye support
C. Cohnii Oil & M. Alpina oil-
Martek Biosciences produces two single cell oils DHASCO & ARASCO which are Martek’s names for their proprietary oils that are extracted from
(GMO)genetically modified fermented algae & fungus using a neurotoxic solvent hexane. Hexane is a highly explosive chemical.
• DHA (docosahexanoic acid) derived from marine microalgae (DHADCO)
•ARA (arachidonic acid) derived from soil organism (ARASCO)
These manufactured oils only contain 40-50% DHA & ARA and the short fall is made up by adding Sunflower oil. The oil is extracted from the dried biomass using hexane extraction process. The oil is winterized, refined, bleached, & deodorized to produce the final product.
"While infant formula manufacturers claim that these oils are perfectly safe and necessary for proper development, our report provides a more detailed picture. We investigated how a toxic chemical is used as processing agents in the manufacturing process, the inadequate testing for safety, and most importantly, how some infants are experiencing serious adverse reactions from formula supplemented with these oils."
- Charlotte Valleys, Farm and Food Policy Analyst, the Cornucopia Institute
"It's true that DHA and ARA are important nutrients for developing infants--that's why they're found in human breast milk. But we have also seen that some infants are experiencing side effects like diarrhea from consuming the manufactured DHA and ARA oils in formula."
- Jimi Francis, Ph.D., a biochemist specializing in DHA in infant nutrition at the Allie M. Lee Laboratory for Omega-3 Research at the University of Nevada at Reno
"When I worked in the hospital's neonatal ward, the nurses all called it 'the diarrhea formula'. We've seen infants, tiny little humans, with diarrhea that just wouldn't stop after being given this formula."
- Sam Heather Doak, LPN, IBCLC, Marietta, Ohio
Although, Martek’s DHA/ARA is a GMO (genetically modified organism) grown in a laboratory using fermented algae & fungus. The neurotoxin hexane is used in the extraction process. Due to the GMO and neurotoxins used, formula companies should not be using the word “organic” nor using the USDA organic seal.” Unfortunately, the companies listed below do use Martek's DHA/ARA and should not be allowed to be called “organic” but they do.
Corn Syrup Solid (HFCS)
Corn Syrup solid is used in infant & toddler formula as a carbohydrate. HFCS is 76% carbohydrate, no fat, no protein, no essential nutrients.
Process: Corn is milled to extract corn starch & an “acid enzyme” process is used, in which the corn starch solution is acidified to begin breaking by the existing carbohydrates. The extraction process in the presence of mercuric chloride” in order to inhibit endogenous starch degrading enzymes. High temperature enzyme are added to further metabolize the starch & convert the resulting sugars to fructose.
Leading brands of commercial infants formulas today contain over 43% corn syrup solid plus additional sucrose bringing infant formula to over 50% sugar. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued warning about the dangers of children drinking sugar-sweetened drinks such as sodas BUT they are missing how much sugar is in infant & toddlers formulas. Store bought commercial formulas pose the same health risks as a can of soda.
Consumption of large quantities of sugar have been linked to:
•Behavior disorders (ADD, ADHD & anxiety)
Sugar Toxicity Study
Jan, 5, 2015 Release the first robust study showing there is a difference between high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar at human-relevant doses. Research out of the University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents. The female mice on the fructose-glucose diet had death rates 1.87% higher than a sucrose diets. They also produced 26.4% less offspring.
Soy Lecithin, Soy oil & Soy Formula
The safety issues of soy in infant formulas
•Soybeans are high in natural toxins antinutrients
•Soybeans contain hemaglutinins, which cause red blood cells to clump together.
•Soy contains goitgens, which can frequently lead to depressed thyroid function.
•Soybeans are over 70% genetically modified containing the highest levels of pesticides.
•Soybeans are very high in phytates, which prevent the absorption of minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron & zinc.
Infant soy formula have been found to cause:
•1000% more aluminum than conventional milk base formulas.
•Toxic levels of manganese
•Early puberty & fertility problems
The Lancet Study
•1997 Lancet study showed the daily exposure to estrogen-imitating chemicals for infants who consume soy formulas were 6-11 times higher than adults consuming soy foods.
•The blood concentration of these hormones were 13,000-22,000 time higher than estrogen in the blood. Infants fed exclusively soy formula receive the equivalent of at least 5 birth control pills per day!
“Very few babies benefit from soy formula, and I’m going to go one step further than that: soy formula is the absolute most dangerous food you can give your baby”.
-Dr. Claire McCarthy Harvard Medical School
Maltodextrin is one of many ingredients in infants formulas. It is used as a thickener, filler or preservative in many processed foodsAlthough maltodextrin comes from “natural foods”, it’s highly processed. The starch goes through a process called partial hydrolysis, which uses water, enzymes and acids to break down the starch and create the water-soluble white powder. When the powder is added to food, it thickens the product, prevents crystallization and helps bind ingredients together.
Dangers of Maltodextrin
•Spikes blood sugars
•Suppresses the growth of probiotics
•Inflammatory bowel disease
•Chronic inflammatory diseases
•May cause allergic reactions (GI symptoms, gas, diarrhea, skin irritations, cramping & bloating).
•Made from GMO corn(toxically affect pancreatic, renal, reproductive & immunologic parameters).
•No nutritional value.
•Gluten intolerance symptoms.
Life Stages Formula Ingredient Details
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil-
•Known throughout the world for its great health benefits. It is rich in monounsaturated fat which research is discovering has excellent health benefits. Olive oil’s monounsaturated fat has been found to absorb more easily than other monosaturated fats. It also has vitamins A&E. And has the essential fatty acids which help prevent calcium loss and promote bone growth in children. Also contains magnesium, squalene and cycloartenol which aids in decreasing acidity within the stomach and help alkalizes food leaving the stomach.
Organic Coconut oil-
•Benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial.
Organic Sunflower Oil-
•Contains essential fatty acids Omega 3,6 & 9. Linoleic and Oleic Oil that is not hydrogenated and contains heart healthy fat. Sunflower oil contains vitamin A and E.
•This probiotic designed specifically for infants. It's made from a dairy formula-based bifidobacterium infantis strain, the friendly bacteria most prominent in infants. Promotes proper digestion and absorption, encourages the formation of antibodies against undesirable bacteria, viruses and allergens -- especially important for babies delivered by caesarean, and is recommended for both breast-fed and formula-fed babies
•Acerola powder is derived from the acerola cherry, one of nature's highest sources of vitamin C. A single acerola fruit, the size of a cherry, contains 28 times the vitamin C as a lemon! Acerola powder also contains numerous co-factors, including bioflavonoids and rutin, making it a full spectrum vitamin C that the body can optimally use.