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World's Fastest Growing Functional Food? Infant Formula

Infant Formula

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  • In 2013, infant formula added nearly $5 billion in global sales, making it the fastest growing functional food worldwide
  • Formula feeding not only costs thousands of dollars a year, but also means mom and baby are missing out on numerous disease-fighting benefits
  • The increased medical costs of diseases caused by a lack of breastfeeding infants in their first six months of life are estimated to be $13 billion each year in the US
  • Breast milk is nearly always the best food for babies; ideally, you'll want to strive to breastfeed your baby exclusively for the first 6 months, at which point you can begin to supplement with solid foods and continue to breastfeed for a year or longer

By Dr. Mercola

The market for functional and fortified foods grew significantly from 2012 to 2013, with infant formula topping the list.

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