We get this question all of the time! The short answer is ‘yes’! We have lots of loyal Beginners who have lactose sensitivities and intolerances. But, as parents ourselves we want to understand why it is OK for a lactose intolerant kid to have Growing up Prebiotics. So, we took this question to our favorite nutrition scientist, David Madsen, PhD. Let’s talk about the details so that you can be assured Growing Up Prebiotics are right for your family.
Take it away David!
Growing up Prebiotics has an ingredient called “2’-FL HMO”. This prebiotic is manufactured using Lactose as a starting material. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and milk products. Fermentation is a safe and well-known process that we use to convert the lactose to 2’-FL HMO, which is then used to manufacture our product.
The vast majority of the Lactose is changed to the 2’-FL. The residual amount of Lactose, determined after rigorous testing, cannot exceed a level of 0.8% of the product; this works out to a maximum of 4.0 milligrams of Lactose per packet of the product.
Let’s put this in context. When you ask: “is 4.0 milligrams enough Lactose to cause symptoms in my toddler?” The answer lies in the Science, and the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (Heyman, link reference) states that Lactose intolerance can be demonstrated with 12 grams of lactose. That’s the amount in an 8 oz glass of milk.
The amount of lactose in Begin is 4.0 milligrams versus 12 grams (12,000 mg) in a glass of milk (which can cause symptoms). Yes, that is .03 percent of a dose that can cause symptoms.
Putting this another way:
At Begin we are experts in pediatric nutrition. At home we are just “mom” or “dad”.
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