The science of OPO

The OPO fat structure allows babies
to absorb more palmitic acid and calcium

The science of OPO

 

The science of OPO

  The science of OPO
 

The composition and structure of human milk fat is vital to the health and nutrition of babies. The fat in human breast milk is in the form of fork-shaped triglycerides. In human milk fat, palmitic acid is bound to the triglyceride’s Sn-2 position. The Sn-1 and Sn-3 positions are occupied by oleic acid. This unique OPO fat structure allows babies to absorb more palmitic acid and calcium which contributes to significant nutritional benefits:

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

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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.