OPO explained

The unique OPO fat structure of mother’s milk
fat is designed for optimal absorption of key nutrients

OPO explained

 

OPO explained

 

A baby doubles in size in 17 weeks after birth. This impressive achievement is only possible with the correct fat intake. Fat contributes to almost half of a baby's energy intake. The structure of mother’s milk fat is vital to the health and nutrition of babies. The fat molecules in mother’s milk have a fork shape with three prongs. In human milk fat, palmitic acid is usually bound to the molecule’s second prong. The first and third prongs are occupied by oleic acid. This unique “O-P-O” structure allows babies to absorb more palmitic acid and calcium, contributing to important benefits:

  • Improved energy intake
  • Reduced constipation
  • Increased bone mineral density
  • Healthy gut bacteria
  • Reduction of crying
  • Better night sleep
 
 

 

 

INFANT FORMULA TIMELINE

1867

FIRST COMMERCIAL INFANT FORMULA

Launched by Justus von Liebig (Germany)

1915

SYNTHETIC MILK ADAPTED (SMA)

Based on vegetable oils.
Invented by Henry John Gerstenberg

1935

PROTEIN CONTENT REDUCED

To bring it in line with that of human milk.

1959

INTRODUCTION OF IRON-FORTIFIED IF

1962

WHEY PROTEIN

To caseinate ratio adjusted to become closer
to that in human breast milk.

1971

PROTEIN HYDROLYSATE FORMULA

Including MCT oil.

1984

TAURINE FORTIFICATION INTRODUCED

To support fat absorption.

1986

DEVELOPMENT OF BETAPOL

1995

FIRST COMMERCIAL PRODUCT LAUNCHED

Including Betapol®: closer to mother’s milk.

EARLY 2000s

IF PRODUCTS ENRICHED WITH LC-PUFA’S

2004

FIRST FORMULAS INCLUDING PREBIOTICS

e.g. dietary fibers including GOS / FOS.

2008

BETAPOL LAUNCHED IN CHINA

Igniting a swift growth in IF including ß-palmitate (OPO).

2013

OPO (BETAPOL) APPROVED IN INDIA

2014

1ST INFANT FORMULA WITH BETAPOL
LAUNCHED IN NORTH AMERICA

2016

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM FOR STRUCTURED LIPIDS

Accelerating development in infant formula.

Breastfeeding is an important bonding experience and provides babies with the best start in life. When breastfeeding is not an option, choosing the best infant formula is key for healthy growth and development. While mother’s milk fat contains only 3-4% fat it makes up 50% of a baby’s energy intake. Betapol is the ideal choice for infant formula because it mimics the fat composition and unique OPO fat structure of mother’s milk.