The best choice for Chinese infant formula

INFAT®PLUS, the innovative fat blend developed by Advanced Lipids, is designed to be closer in structure to Chinese human milk fat. It complies with GB standard 30604-2015 for OPO and has all the benefits of high sn2 palmitate fat – making it the perfect fit for Chinese infant formula.

Human milk – the best nutrition for infants

Human milk provides the optimal nutrition for infants. It offers perfectly balanced nutrition, naturally meeting the needs of growing infants in the first months of life. In human milk, and in most infant formulas, the fat provides about 50% of the energy the newborns require for proper development and growth. More than 98% of this fat is in the form of triglycerides (TG), a common fat molecule comprised of fatty acids attached to a glycerol backbone. The fatty acids are specifically positioned to certain locations called sn1, sn2 and sn3 on the glycerol backbone.

sn2 palmitate – a unique feature of human milk

In human milk, palmitic acid (C16:0) the predominant saturated fatty acid, is usually bound, 70-80% of it, to the sn2 position on the glycerol backbone. This specially structured TG is called sn2 palmitate. sn2 palmitate is highly conserved across populations, found in mothers all over the world, regardless of their nutritional diet, ethnicity or age, suggesting that it may serve an important function.

OPO and OPL – the most abundant triglycerides in human milk fat

Oleic acid (18:1n-9) is the major unsaturated fatty acid in human milk and is mostly esterified at the TG sn1,3 positions (outer). With palmitic and oleic acid being the most abundant fatty acids in human milk, the TGs with the structure Oleic-Palmitic-Oleic (OPO, 18:1n-9-16:0-18:1n-9) are among the major TG species in human milk and represent an estimated ~12% of total TG species.

However, recent data collected from human milk studies in China [1-3] suggests that in China the major TG species found is Oleic-Palmitic-Linoleic (OPL, 18:1n-9-16:0-18:2n-6), and this contrasts with the TG profile in human milk collected in other places, such as Finland [2], Spain [4] or Denmark [5], where the level of OPO is higher than OPL. The basis for this difference has not been fully evaluated yet, but may be related to nutrition.

INFAT® – enhances sn2 palmitate level

In most infant formula produced today, the fat component is based on vegetable oil, where most of the palmitic is positioned on sn1 or sn3, and not on sn2. INFAT® the specially structured TG with palmitic bound to the sn2 position (OPO) was developed for infant formula, so when it is added to infant formula, it elevates the sn2 palmitate so it is closer to human milk.

INFAT® PLUS – designed to be closer to Chinese human milk fat

INFAT®PLUS, the innovative fat blend developed by Advanced Lipids, is designed to be closer in structure to Chinese human milk fat in all major TG species. INFAT®PLUS complies with GB standard 30604-2015 for OPO and has all the benefits of enriched sn2 palmitate fat. This makes INFAT®PLUS the best choice for Chinese infant formula.

1) Tu A. et al. A comparative study of triacylglycerol in Chinese human milk within different lactation stages and improved infant formula by SFC couple with Q-TOF-MS. Food Chemistry 2017, 221: p. 555–567
2) Kallio H. et al. Triacylglycerol regioisomers in human milk resolved with an algorithmic novel electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry method. Food Chemistry 2017, 233: p. 351–360
3) Sun C. et al. Evaluation of triacylglycerol in commercial infant formulas on the Chinese market: A comparative study based on fat source and stage. Food Chemistry 2018, 242: p. 29-36
4) Pons SM. et al. Triacylglycerol in colostrum, transitional and mature human milk. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000, 54: p. 878-882
5) Zou X. et al. Lipid analysis of milk fats from different mammalian species: potential for use human milk substitutes.
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12) Bar-Maisels, M. et al. Beta Palmitate Improves Bone Length and Quality during Catch-Up Growth in Young Rats. Nutrients 2017, 9(7)


The clinical support described here is based on studies conducted regarding to INFAT  PLUS only. Data specific to INFAT , INFAT PRO or INFAT MF is not available at this time.

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