Complementary foods are introduced at 4 to 6 months whereas family foods can be introduced from 12 months onwards whilst continuing to breastfeed or give a breastmilk substitute. Therefore, since family foods are eaten, there is no reason why FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ cannot be included in those ‘family foods’ from the age of 1 year. There is nothing within FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ that is unsafe or not indicated for a child.
In fact, FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is actually a very smart choice to include as part of a varied diet because it is high in energy, protein, fibre and it is low GI to provide sustained energy which is just as important for children as it is for adults. FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is also rich in vitamins, minerals, omega 3 fats necessary for brain development, a prebiotic for intestinal health and it is suitable for children who are gluten or lactose intolerant and have egg, nut, lactose or wheat allergies.
The nutrient requirements for small children are generally much lower than that for an adult. Therefore, several of the nutrients in FUTURELIFE® Tots are lower than that in FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ such as the protein and total energy. There are however certain nutrients that are needed in higher amounts for example calcium. The table on the following page highlights the major differences between the two products. FUTURELIFE® Tots does not contain MODUCARE®, simply due to lack of scientific research done on MODUCARE® and children under the age of 4 years. Take note: FUTURELIFE® Tots contains milk powder and therefore for those that have a lactose intolerance FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is preferred.
The increased requirements specifically for children come from the following facts. Children need two to three times more calcium per kilogram than adults because calcium is needed for maintenance of growing bones and to promote optimal bone mass.
The major nutritional differences between FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ and FUTURELIFE® Tots is highlighted below:
(PER 100 G)
(PER 100G )
|Of Which Total Sugar||g||14.4||15.8|
|of which Saturated Fatty Acids||g||2.8||2.9|
|Trans Fatty Acids||g||0.0||0.0|
|Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids||g||4.3||4.5|
|of which Omega-3 Fatty Acids||mg||499||500|
|of which Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA)||mg||499||500|
|of which Omega-6 Fatty Acids||mg||3810||4000|
|Monounsaturated Fatty Acids||g||2.2||3.5|
FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ is safe for children above 12 months, whereas FUTURELIFE® Tots is just more suitable according to their nutritional requirements including both macronutrients and micronutrients. If a child is consuming more than one serving (25g) of FUTURELIFE® Smart food™ a day, then it may be recommended to use FUTURELIFE® Tots. FUTURELIFE® Tots products should only be used for children between the ages of 13 -36 months.