Health Benefits of Naturally Occurring Sugars

Naturally occurring sugars vs added sugars

Naturally occurring sugars are found in milk (lactose) and fruit (fructose). Any product that contains milk (such as yogurt, milk or cream) or fruit (fresh, dried) contains some natural sugars.1

Added sugars can be found as ingredients in processed foods or drinks during preparation.

The naturally occurring sugar of cow’s milk is lactose. This is also the case for formulae based on cow’s milk.

However, some cow’s milk based formulae use added sugars as caloric sweeteners or to completely replace lactose. Some examples of added sugars in milk formulae based on cow’s milk are sucrose, maltodextrin, fructose, corn syrup solids, and glucose syrup.

Comparison of naturally occurring sugar and commonly added sugars in cow’s milk-based formula

Sugar Glycemic Index (GI) Sweetness Index Score Remarks
Lactose 45 16 The natural sugar in cow's milk, composed of galactose and glucose
Fructose 23 110 A natural sugar of fruit but added sugar if found in milk formula
Sucrose 65 100 Main ingredient of table sugar, composed of glucose and fructose
Corn Syrup 100 30-40 Short chains of glucose
Corn Syrup Solids 100 23-40 Dehydrated corn syrup
Maltodextrin 110 6-21 Longer, more complex glucose chains
Glucose Syrup 100 30-40 Hydrolyzed starch commonly from corn

Health Benefits of Lactose

  1. Provides excellent, slow release energy source (GI=46)2
  2. Supports in the prevention of childhood obesity3
    Not addictive as it exerts no neurologically rewarding effects when ingested due to low sweetness index score4,5
  3. The least cariogenic amongst fermentable sugars5
  4. Contributes to early shaping of the neonatal intestinal microbiota6  that supports the immune function7.
  5. Galactose from Lactose plays a role as a structural building block for galactocerebroside, a lipid that plays a role in the myelin formation around the brain.8
  6. Enhances nutrient absorption such as calcium, copper, manganese, magnesium and zinc9,10

The Health Risks of Excessive Consumption of Added Sugars in Young Children

Higher levels of added sugar intake are associated with an increased risk of:

  1. Dental caries11
  2. Cardio-metabolic risk factors12
  3. Asthma13
  4. Elevated blood pressure14
  5. Excess energy intake and poor diet quality15
  6. Overweight16
  7. Childhood Obesity considered the strongest risk factor to Type 2 Diabetes17

At HiPP, children are the focus of our attention by carefully selecting ingredients that are closest to nature. Inspired by nature, HiPP Junior Organic contains only the natural milk sugar lactose and no added sugars. Give your child HiPP Junior Organic. Help support your child’s health and development with organic sourced ingredients.