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2 July 2013 - Nutraingredients - Breast is better? EU project finds infant nutrition can affect later obesity

Long term EU-funded research with 1000+ EU-based children has found 'early nutrition programming' can deliver significant benefits later in life - including big reductions in obesity.

Project leader, Berthold Koletzko from the University of Munich, said the 2-year+ EARNEST project showed that infants up to 2 years of age, fed lower protein formulaes closer to breastmilk weighed less than infants fed high-protein formulas.

The weight differential continued after 6 months when both sets of infants moved onto similar diets.  If projected forward, the difference would be as high as 13% at age 14-16.