Plant-Based GOS, a new Gold Standard for Special Infant Formulas?
Prebiotics are now considered as key ingredients in infant formulas although their use is not mandatory. The demonstration of their multiple benefits on gut health, immunity and global development in infants has led to the development of several prebiotics among which galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) and human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs) are now considered as gold standards. While the prevalence of lactose intolerance and cow’s milk allergy are rising in infants and young children, the choice of prebiotic compounds that are safe and suitable for these populations is limited as most prebiotics for infants are produced from dairy raw materials. A new generation of lactose-free prebiotic substances has emerged with the development of plant-based galacto-oligosaccharides extracted from legumes. Their safety and benefits will be detailed in this article.