Recently, a new study1 showed that infants consuming infant formula with milk fat experienced improved gut comfort, softer stools, and less GI symptoms (like flatulence, burping and diarrhea). Also they showed less crying during the night. When examining their feces, it was found that a lower amount of insoluble fatty acid – calcium soaps were measured, which are associated with hard stools.
The study compared a commercial infant formula with added milk fat, with infant formulas based on only palm-oil free vegetable fat blends and/or synthetic vegetable lipids. These fat sources differ in their overall triglyceride composition and structure. As can be observed in the graphic, the positioning of the fatty acids on the glycerol backbone of the triglycerides, influences digestion and absorption of fat.