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Why We Manufacture in Europe
While most food companies use cost as their driving motivator, our goal is to make products of the highest possible quality, with the highest possible nutritional value. Our sourcing and manufacturing standards are very strict. Beyond being certified organic and non-GMO, we test for glyphosate, pesticides, herbicides and heavy metals to limit chemical exposure promoting a healthy gut from day one. With these standards in place, we found that sourcing ingredients that met those standards were more easily available in Europe due to their strict regulations for agriculture and food.
Formulated for Gut Health
Gut health is about more than just prebiotics and probiotics. Gut health has been a marker for chronic disease and is said to be the number one reason why our children are continuing to get sicker, even as technology advances. Eating organic and limiting the chemicals we ingest can be important to improving gut health which is exactly why we have sourced and formulated the way we have.
Modeled After Breast Milk
We find the notion of using “Modeled after breast milk” as a marketing tagline to be strange. As a baseline shouldn’t all infant & toddler formulas be modeled after breast milk? We started with that as a core principle for our formulation and filled in the critical nutrition with quality ingredients that mimic the vitamins and minerals naturally present in breast milk.
Simply put, macronutrients are the compounds we need more of. That’s why we’ve carefully sourced these essential nutrients because nothing is more important than your child’s health.
Organic casein and native whey are the fundamental protein sources in Kopia. We believe it is vital these come from grass-fed cows without added hormones or antibiotics. Our whey is native meaning it is minimally processed without the byproducts from the cheesemaking process to preserve the most beneficial nutrients from the milk. The ratio between our organic casein and native whey is 40/60, mimicking breast milk which is whey dominant.
Organic lactose is the primary carbohydrate source in the formula and mimics mothers’ milk in which lactose is the sugar.
Organic vegetable oils, organic milk cream, and DHA & ARA provide necessary fats for baby and comprise a ratio that’s as close to breast milk as we could make it. Additionally, DHA & ARA are long chain fatty acids that assist in brain and eye development as well as building your baby’s nervous system.
Though micro, these nutrients have a big job. Scroll through to read more about the mineral compounds and vitamins that we include for your child’s health and development.
Kopia’s formulation reflects the principal mineral constituents of human milk which are Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus. We also have added Iron in the form of ferrous sulphate which, according to some studies has superior absorption compared to other non-heme forms of iron such as ferrous lactate.
L-ascorbic acid (vitamin c)
Protects against infections, and builds bones and muscles.
Protects cells from damage, and strengthens the immune system.
Helps the body turn food into energy and use fats and protein.
Aids in the production of blood cells.
Helps to maintain healthy vision, and ensures the normal function of your immune system.
Aids the body in turning food into energy, and protects cells from damage.
Involved in carbohydrate metabolism, as well as in the production of neurotransmitters. There is also evidence that thiamine plays a role in immune and anti-inflammatory processes and gene regulation.
Helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus which is important for building and keeping strong bones.
Folic acid is a type of B vitamin that helps your body produce and maintain new cells, while also preventing changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin b6)
Plays an important role in maintaining the health of nerves, skin, and red blood cells.
Used by the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids.
Helps the blood to clot.
Makes DNA while keeping nerve and blood cells healthy.
nti-oxidant (tocopherol rich extract)
Can help protect the body against free radicals and reduce inflammation.
Directly affects brain development and is a key chemical involved in memory and learning.
Research has discovered that this nutrient is found in high amounts in colostrum and mature breast milk and may play an important role in brain development.
Studies suggest that carnitine is particularly important in young children as it aids in fat metabolism and mitochondria oxidation.
Breast milk contains abundant amounts of prebiotics or human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) which ensure that Bifidobacterium species in a baby’s belly are promoted among other important functions like improving digestion. Found naturally in our dairy products and certified organic, our FOS/GOS mixture may aid in digestion and microbiome health.
The strain of probiotic found in Kopia is Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. Lactis HN019. Probiotics naturally support nutrient absorption and digestion by combating bloating and gas while promoting a healthy immune system. Our probiotics are manufactured using a proprietary process where the probiotic has a distinct stability advantage meaning you’ll maintain more probiotics, longer.
What We Avoid
What we don’t use is just as important as what we do. We’re committed to avoiding ingredients that may be harmful to the overall health of ourselves and our little ones.
Aside from the obvious reasons for avoiding it and the fact that we simply don’t need it, excess sugar in diets has been found to suppress the body’s immune responses which your child desperately needs in the early stages of life.
Hydrogenated oils are often used because they’re inexpensive and don’t spoil as quickly, but the process of hydrogenation creates trans fat which has been linked to inflammation.
Studies suggest that food additives may interfere with growth and development so we avoid artificial colors, chemical preservatives, artificial sweeteners, added sugar (high fructose corn syrup), and added salt.
Antibiotic usage damages the microbiome by killing both “good” and “bad” bacteria which can lead to disease and chronic illness. Antibiotics aren’t permitted in organic dairy so even beyond Kopia, we encourage you to find organic options.
There are many reasons we do not add fluoride and are adamant about testing for it. It has been linked to lower IQ’s in children which you can read more about in our blog on water & fluoride.
Glyphosate, pesticides & herbicides
Being organic isn’t enough. We test each batch specifically for glyphosate and other pesticides and herbicides and are happy to provide documentation upon request.
Brown rice proteins & syrup
Brown rice syrup is the first ingredient in some organic toddler formulas. Brown rice has been found to be heavy in arsenic which is a carcinogen that has been known to cause brain damage in infants.
We care about the environment just as much as we care about you. Aside from releasing huge amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere, the harvesting of palm oil threatens nearly 200 critically endangered species. Regardless of farming practices, we found it was best to simply leave it out.
BPA & plasticizers
Our packaging is made specifically for the storage of infant products. We make our tins from materials that do not leech heavy metals, with BPA NIA inks and coatings, and water-based and food safe glues & lubricants.
A Note on Maltodextrin & Soy Lecithin
Maltodextrin is used in Kopia formula specifically as a carrier for micronutrients. Essentially, the maltodextrin encapsulates the vitamins and minerals and aids in the proper delivery and optimal absorption. The amount of maltodextrin in our formula is very low and not used as a sweetener. In fact, the dextrose level doesn’t even classify it as such.
Soy lecithin is often perceived as artificial but lecithin is actually found naturally in soy. The biggest issue we (and others) take with it is that the extraction process can introduce unwanted chemicals and it’s often derived from non-organic, gmo soy. We offset this by using organic and non-gmo soy and batch test our ingredients for chemicals. Soy lecithin is used as a natural source to ensure your baby’s formula is creamy and consistent every time you make it.
What We Test For
We live in a world where we’re constantly exposed to toxicants, radiation, and heavy metals that can compound overtime impacting our health. While it’s impossible to avoid entirely due to the environment humans have created, we believe in complete transparency and test for and report on over 200 different toxicants and heavy metals. Here are the big ones:
Although we don’t add fluoride to our formula and source ingredients from Europe where they have banned fluoridation in public water, fluoride is nearly impossible to avoid. We batch test for it so that you know exactly what levels are naturally present.
Heavy metals are natural elements that can be toxic even at low levels. They’ve been known to be found in common foods like brown rice. We avoid ingredients naturally high in heavy metals and test for the main four which are lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium.
Glyphosate, pesticides & herbicides
Glyphosate has been banned in much of Europe including the countries we source our ingredients from. While organic products are not permitted to use non organic chemicals during the farming and harvesting process, glyphosate has been known to be found in our air and water due to its widespread usage, especially in the United States. While glyphosate is our focus, we also batch test for many other pesticides and herbicides.