Study: Some baby formulas may cause faster weight gain

January 26th, 2011 - 9:04 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Philadelphia, Jan 26 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Researchers claim that some baby formulas may cause babies to gain weight faster than when they are breast-fed.

The researchers from Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia studied two sets of infants. The first set were fed on infant formula based on cow milk while the other contained protein hydrolysate.

After sometime, the researchers compared the weight of the two sets of infants. They found that those that were fed on the infant formula with cow milk were averagely 2 pounds heavier than their counterparts that were fed on the protein hydrolysate based infant formula.

The lead author, Julie Mennella who is a psychobiologist said revealed that, “There’s something in cow-milk formula, or something lacking in cow-milk formula, that’s resulting in babies overfeeding. I could give the same baby cow-milk formula one day and protein hydrolysate formula on the other, and that baby will satiate sooner and consume less formula on the protein hydrolysate day.”

The researchers did not explain what caused the change in the weight gain. They claim that the research is still in the primary stages. They explained that the findings do indeed only suggest that some forms of baby formulas may cause weight gain in infants.

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