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Special attention for special needs.
 

 A healthy formula

 
Infants, toddlers and clinical patients have different nutritional needs and tolerances than that of the general population. We can show you how to create nutritional products that offer safety and consistency for these critical populations.

Creating foods for infants

 

From birth and as they grow, ba​bies require food with optimal nutritional compositions and textures.

 

In infant formulae, ingredients need to meet strict microbiological standards. ULTRA-SPERSE® IMF starch supports anti-regurgitation effect and delivers a smooth texture. UNI-PURE IMF 2332 starch emulsifies oils and fats to stabilise special formulas based on hydrolysed proteins or milk-free formulas (suitable for infants with special medical requirements).

 

In baby food, a clean label is a must! Additives are not accepted by parents eager to give their children the very best. NOVATION® functional native starches work across all applications, delivering viscosity and stability with a clean starch label.

 

Creating foods for clinical nutrition feeds 

Clinical or medical nutrition feeds are generally challenging for product developers due to high nutrient density and their complex composition.

  • Texture: For people with swallowing difficulties (dysphagia), the right texture is essential to ensure safe swallowing. National 77-1760 viscosifying starch can be widely used to thicken beverages to enable dysphagia patients to drink. UNI-PURE T830 helps to deliver the right texture of nutrient dense crème desserts.
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  • Low viscosity carbohydrates are preferred for use in nutrient-dense liquid tube and sip feeds. Highly effective in these challenging applications Crystal Tex LTF starch can also help to reduce sugar content.
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  • Added fibre: NOVELOSE​® 330 resistant starches improve the overall dietary composition of clinical food and beverages.

Applications

  • Native starches specifically developed for infant formula, follow-on formula or toddler's milk in powder form
  • Emulsifying starches for foods for special medical purposes, such as formulas for infants with allergies
  • Liquid dietetic products, such as complete tube or sip feeds or liquid infant formula
  • Clean label starches for more 'naturally appealing" baby foods
  • Speciality starches for foods for dysphagia patients that make liquids easy to swallow and help enhance quality of life

 

Challenges

  • Counteracting milk regurgitation, which reduces nutrient intake in infants
  • Delivering the appropriate viscosity in liquid foods for dysphagia patients who cannot swallow properly
  • Requirements for lower microbial content
  • Delivering appropriate nutrition in a format that works for the particular individual or patient

 

Market trends

  • Fortification: shift toward prebiotic and probiotic products, added fibre and improved nutritional compositions 
  • Organic and natural baby foods: cleaner labelling with a more wholesome appeal
  • Growth in toddler products: healthy snack options