Most manufacturers of infant formula aim to achieve the typical composition of mother’s milk fat by using blends of different vegetable oils. But the fat structure in vegetable blends does not resemble the unique fat structure of breast milk.
The triglycerides in human milk are enriched with one major fatty acid named palmitic acid which is structured in a very special way.
In human milk the palmitic acid is mainly (70-75% of it) located at the center position of the triglyceride, called the sn-2 position. This typical structure called sn-2 palmitate, is responsible for some of the superiority of human milk. In contrast, vegetable oils only have about 8-10% of their palmitic acid attached to sn-2 position.
The INFAT manufacturing process is based on a patented enzymatic process, which restructures the fat in a way that mimics the structure of palmitic acid in mother’s milk, in which 70% of the palmitic acid is bonded to the middle position (sn-2).
This unique process enables an optimal level of sn-2 palmitate in the infant formula, clinical studies revealed that feeding babies with formula containing sn-2 palmitate enables optimized calcium uptake, fat recovery, and energy.