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Ask the Dietitian - Palm Oil…Why it Shouldn’t be in Your Child’s Formula

Oct 26, 2018 2:23:08 PM / by Diane, MPH, RD, LD - Director of Nutrition Services

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Why shouldn't palm oil be in your child’s formula?

Plant-based vegetable oils are added to formulas to meet the caloric energy and most importantly the essential fatty acid needs of a rapidly growing child...

Since plant-based vegetable oils are an essential ingredient of formulas on the market today, and with so many plant-based oils to choose from, how do you know that your child is being nourished with a formula containing safe, organic vegetable oils meeting their caloric and essential fatty acid needs?

Nutritionally inferior and Constipation:  Palm olein oil or palm oil is used as a part of the fat blend in many of the popular, name-brand baby formulas currently being sold to consumers, yet it is perhaps the most questionable fat of them all.  Palm olein oil is made from palm oil.  Clinical studies have proven when palm olein oil is used as a predominant fat source in infant formulas, it causes some babies to poorly absorb calcium resulting in lower bone mineralization.  Also, palm olein oil can cause calcium soaps (calcium in fat) to be formed in the gut. These calcium soaps prevent the absorption of fat and calcium in the gut and can also result in harder stool formation or constipation.

Bad for your baby; bad for the environment:  Almost 90% of all palm oil is produced in Indonesia and Malaysia at oil-palm plantations and there is some indication that palm oil production may soon occur in Africa.  This has resulted in widespread deforestation, destruction of rain forests, and putting the survival of some animals at risk.  The razing by burning of tropical rain forests to make way for oil-palm plantations also results in the release of large amounts of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.

Baby’s Only Organic® Toddler Formulas contain no palm olein oil and no palm oil.  Instead, Baby’s Only Organic® formulas contain a blend of organic plant based vegetable oils: Organic High Oleic Sunflower or Safflower Oil, Organic Soybean Oil and Organic Coconut Oil. Baby’s Only Organic® vegetable oils are expeller-pressed, which is a squeezing process to extract the oil from the organic plants.  No harsh chemicals like hexane are used to in our formulas.  Nature’s One is committed to using only ingredients that have undergone great scrutiny to ensure they are the purest, and clinically safest for use in our formulas.  Check out our Purity Pledge too!

If you’d like to read the references used regarding palm oil and palm olein oil, please email us at We’d be happy to help with any questions you may have!


**For specific medical care and nutritional advice on product usage, please see your healthcare professional


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Diane, MPH, RD, LD - Director of Nutrition Services

Written by Diane, MPH, RD, LD - Director of Nutrition Services

Diane, MPH, RD, LD has been the Director of Nutrition Services at Nature’s One since 2005. She has over 25 years of experience in maternal and child nutrition and enjoys helping parents learn more about our products and answering any questions you may have about the nutritional care of your little one.