One of the most galvanizing issues in the non-GMO and organic movement has been that of baby formula, more specifically the type of genetically engineered soy that has been used as the primary ingredient for many years.
While the GMO industry disputes it, one recent study actually found surprisingly high levels of the health-destroying chemical formaldehyde in genetically engineered soy, just part of the reason why mothers began looking elsewhere.
In response, some of the world’s biggest infant formula companies including Enfamil and Similac finally decided to go non-GMO, the latter of which came out with an organic version recently.
Despite these incredible advances in such a short amount of time, there’s never been a baby formula that’s been certified as being free of glyphosate, the cancer-linked Monsanto chemical that’s been turning up in everything from rainwater to popular foods and even organic beer samples.
Now, however, one goat’s milk-based company has officially been certified glyphosate free, and it could make waves across the industry if all goes well.
Kabrita Baby Formula Becomes First to Be Certified Glyphosate-Free
According to its website, the goat’s milk-based baby food company Kabrita has become the first to be certified as glyphosate-free through The Detox Project, an organization that has begun testing and certifying products.
The company is not certified organic and the formula does contain some soy, but it also use non-GMO ingredients according to its label, along with goat’s milk, which is said to be more easily digestible for babies age one year and older.
Because glyphosate is capable of causing harm to organisms at even low levels of exposure and babies are extremely sensitive to these toxins, it’s important to make sure what you’re feeding them is as free of these chemicals as possible, and that’s exactly why glyphosate-free products are now becoming popular.
In this blog post from the company’s website, Kabrita outlined its reasons for creating a product as pesticide-free as possible.
“Young children are among the most vulnerable to environmental toxins. Chronic exposure, to even small amounts, can have a significant impact on their growth, and physical and cognitive development.
“In 2012, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report on pesticide exposure in children. They concluded that North American children are increasingly exposed to pesticides through air, dust, soil, and food.”
The company also mentions the growing amount of glyphosate being sprayed on U.S. fields as reason for their ingredient sourcing, noting the dramatic spike in usage since the 1990s, when genetically engineered crops like soy designed to maintain them were first planted en masse.
“Kabrita is proud to be the only formula sold in the USA that is certified glyphosate free,” the company’s website says. “We know how precious (and sensitive) little tummies can be, which is why we strive to ensure we deliver the very best formula to your family.”
The product is made in Holland, but is gaining more exposure in the U.S. thanks to news of their unique certification.
More About Kabrita and the Detox Project
If you’d like to check out Kabrita’s products, you can find them on Amazon.com by clicking on this link.
The company’s products fall under the category of toddler formulas, but they are recommended for children ages 12 to 24 months. They also sell goat’s milk yogurt based products for toddlers as well.
On the company’s blog, one mother named Emiliya said that the goat’s milk formula was easier on her 9-month-old’s stomach than other brands, which she had decided to give to her daughter Milana after consulting with her doctor first (due to the age difference).
According to Dr. William Sears, goat’s milk has fewer allergenic proteins compared to cow’s milk, has a higher proportion of short and medium-chain fatty acids, and is rich in many nutrients, although it may be necessary to supplement with folic acid if you use it as an infant formula according to Sears.
In the case of Kabrita’s toddler formulas, folic acid is added to the product along with 22 other vitamins and minerals.
While the American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend goat’s or cow’s milk for kids under one year old, it may be approved by a pediatrician or doctor as a substitute for soy-based formulas, which can cause allergies in a segment of the population and may be nutritionally inferior in certain ways.
In Britain, a surge of people buying goat’s milk for infant formula was met with a government warning, but there are still some mothers and pediatricians who swear by it.
For more information on goat’s milk as a formula, check out Dr. Sears’ blog by clicking here.
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