Is European Baby Formula Better than U.S. Formula?
Discussions about European baby formulas often center around the idea that they are organic and “clean.”
What does this really mean? What makes European formula preferable to options you can find locally? The European Commission is the place to start for answers to these questions.
What is the European Commission?
The European Commission, among other things, is the certifying body that sets requirements for nutritional composition, food safety, and labeling for infant formula and other “first foods” across Europe. While there are both slight and major differences between the two agencies, the European Commission is most similar to the Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, that governs infant formula production in the United States. Both agencies are responsible for providing guidance and issuing approvals before an infant formula can be sold in their respective country.
What is Required in an Infant Formula?
Like the FDA, the European Commission has both maximum and minimum quantity requirements for energy (i.e. calories), macronutrients, and micronutrients in infant formulas. Both agencies require a similar composition of fat, protein, and carbohydrates as well as the inclusion of certain important micronutrients, such as Vitamin B, Folic Acid, Choline, and Calcium. Both agencies require that formulas closely mimic the composition of breast milk in order to provide a safe and healthy option that will promote infant growth.
What Does the European Commission Do Differently?
While both agencies have requirements for what’s included in a formula, the European Commission has stricter guidelines about what sources can be used to meet these requirements. They also regulate additional inclusions, exclusions, allowances, formula stages, and certifications.
All infant formulas include carbohydrates for energy and these carbohydrates are typically pulled from sugars and starches. The European Commission has a small list of allowable sources for carbohydrates which include:
- glucose syrup
- pre-cooked starch
- gelatinized starch
Why You Should Buy European Baby Formula
The reasons above speak for themselves! European formulas are simply better. The nutrient composition of European formulas is closer to breast milk and they exclude some ingredients, like corn syrup and guar gum, that just isn’t helpful in a baby’s first food.
European formulas offer a wider variety of organic, nutritious options to meet the unique needs of your baby.
Deciding to use European formula is the easy part-- the hard part is selecting which one.That’s where we come in! Check out our one-of-a-kind Organic Formula Buyer’s Guide or answer the questions in the “Choosing the Right Formula” blog post. If you’re still not sure, Huggable’s Product Specialists are baby formula experts who have helped thousands of parents find the right formula. Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!