Palatability of baby milk formula for infants with cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA)
Both sensory and consumer studies have recently been conducted on specific baby milk formula called EHFs (extensively hydrolysed formula). EHFs are often given to infants with CMPA, the most common food allergy in infants in the UK.
Two whey-based and two casein-based EHFs were evaluated by trained sensory assessors, who identified clear sensory differences between the two categories of EHFs. In this project, the whey-based lactose-containing EHFs were also ranked the most palatable by healthcare professionals. In addition to better acceptance and happier infants and families, higher palatability could result in reduced wastage and healthcare costs.
Funded by Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition, the work was published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and presented at the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Annual Meeting on 1st Oct 2018.