Colon microflora in infants fed formula with galacto- and fructo-oligosaccharides: More like breast-fed infants
ABSTRACT The intestinal flora of breast-fed infants is generally dominated by Bifidobacteria. We aimed to investigate whether an infant formula supplemented with galacto-oligosaccharides and fructo-oligosaccharides (GOS/FOS) is able to establish a bifido-dominant microflora, not only in numbers but also with respect to the metabolic activity in the colon.
Two groups of infants fed infant formula with 0.8 g/100 ml GOS/FOS in a ratio of 9:1 (OSF group), or control formula (SF group) were evaluated in a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled intervention study. A breast-fed group was studied in parallel. At study onset and after 4 and 6 weeks, faecal samples were examined for the number of bifidobacteria, pH, short chain fatty acids and lactate.
After 6 weeks, the mean proportion of bifidobacteria was significantly higher in the OSF group (59.6% versus 49.5% in the SF group; P < 0.05). Compared with controls, infants in the OSF group had a lower stool mean pH and an increased proportion of acetate and a decreased proportion of propionate. The mean pH in the OSF and SF groups were 5.7 and 6.3, respectively (P < 0.001).
The addition of the prebiotic GOS/FOS mixture to an infant formula has a stimulating effect on the growth of bifidobacteria and on the metabolic activity of the total intestinal flora. The changes in short chain fatty acids, lactate and pH in the prebiotic group represent a fermentation profile that is closer to that observed in breast-fed infants compared to infants fed control formula.
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ABSTRACT: BackgroundA limited number of nondigestible oligosaccharides are available for use in infant formula. This study evaluated growth and safety in infants fed formula supplemented with a mixture of bovine milk-derived oligosaccharides (BMOS). This mixture, which was generated from whey permeate, contains galactooligosaccharides and other oligosaccharides from bovine milk, such as 3¿- and 6¿-sialyllactose. We hypothesized that growth in infants fed BMOS-supplemented formula would be noninferior to that in infants fed standard formula.Methods Healthy term infants ¿14 days old were randomly assigned to standard formula (control; n¿=¿84); standard formula with BMOS (IF-BMOS; n¿=¿99); or standard formula with BMOS and probiotics (Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus) (IF-BMOS¿+¿Pro; n¿=¿98). A breastfed reference group was also enrolled (n¿=¿30). The primary outcome was mean weight gain/day from enrollment to age 4 months (noninferiority margin: ¿3.0 g/day).Results189 (67.3%) formula-fed infants were included in the primary analysis. Mean differences in weight gain between the control and IF-BMOS and IF-BMOS¿+¿Pro groups were <1 g/day, with 97.5% confidence intervals above ¿3.0 g/day, indicating noninferior weight gain in the BMOS formula groups. Compared with control, infants in the BMOS groups had more frequent (p¿<¿0.0001) and less hard (p¿=¿0.0003) stools. No significant differences were observed between the control and BMOS groups in caregivers¿ reports of flatulence, vomiting, spitting up, crying, fussing, and colic. When based on clinical evaluation by the investigator, the incidence of colic was higher (p¿=¿0.01) in IF-BMOS than in control; the incidence of investigator-diagnosed colic was not significantly different in control and IF-BMOS¿+¿Pro (p¿=¿0.15). Stool bifidobacteria and lactobacilli counts were higher with IF-BMOS¿+¿Pro compared with control (p¿<¿0.05), whereas Clostridia counts were lower (p¿<¿0.05) in both BMOS groups compared with control.Conclusions Infant formula containing BMOS either with or without probiotics provides adequate nutrition for normal growth in healthy term infants. Further studies are needed to fully explore the digestive tolerance of BMOS formula.Trial registrationClinicalTrials.gov NCT01886898. Registered 24 June 2013.BMC Pediatrics 12/2014; 14(1):306. DOI:10.1186/s12887-014-0306-3 · 1.92 Impact Factor