Is DHA and ARA in infant formula Good by anamaulida

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        <p>Companies adding DHA and ARA are trying to duplicate breast
milk in their products, according to a report by the Cornucopia Institute
in Wisconsin. The report says DHA and ARA might be ineffective or
unsafe.</p>
<p>The oils DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA(arachidonic acid) have
been added to formulas by infant formula manufacturers since 2002. They
claim these oils are good for infants. Problems come in, according to
the Cornucopia Institute when DHA and ARA are extracted from laboratory
grown algae and fungus. Algae and fungus are grown and fermented and
processed using hexane, a toxic chemical. These oils provide DHA and
Ara in forms different from those naturally found in human milk. DHASCO
(docasateraenoic acid single cell oil) and ARASCO (arachidonic acid
single cell oil) are the oils produced in these labs.</p>
<p>According to the Cornucopia Institute report, the scientists conducted
numerous studies. Little or no benefit to an infant's development was
shown. The overall research results are inconsistent and
inconclusive.</p>
<p>The FDA which reviewed the DHA and ARA oils never affirmed their
safety according to the Institute. It is interesting that the FDA
allowed the ingredients to be in infant formula, with a warning that
manufacturers must perform vigorous in-market surveillance of DHASCO and
ARASCO in formulas, even though they had not affirmed their safety.</p>
<p>Most pediatricians turn to the American Academy of Pediatrics for
guidance to help parents make wise decisions; this organization has not
taken an official stand about the safety of DHA and ARA. This is
unfortunate for parents trying to make the best decisions for their
babies.</p>
<p>The AAP News from the AAP Committee on Nutrition reported no bad
effects of DHA and ARA supplements. Formulas with DHA and ARA are about
15% more expensive than infant formula without these oils, so whether or
not to use the infant formula with DHA and ARA is a difficult decision
for the AAP Committee.</p>
<p>DHA (omega 3 fatty acid) and ARA (omega 6 fatty acid) in breast milk
helps your infant develop the brain and eyes. DHA and ARA from egg yolk
without the hexane solvent are available in some formulas.</p>
<p>Because of the huge controversy between the studies of the Cornucopia
Institute and the AAP Committee, the best a parent can do is to research
and listen to the observations and experiences of other parents.Â
Compare the different infant formulas and try to get as much information
about the type of formula you want.</p>
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