Consumer Health Advocacy: Product Analysis

The Hain Celestrial Group produces through its brand Earth's Best Organic a USDA certified "Organic" infant formula which it says is "nutritionally complete."  A close look at the product label ingredients shows it contains petroleum derived dl-alpha ("vitamin E") and inorganic chemicals with disconcerting toxicological profiles, e.g. Cupric Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, etc. These "nutrients" are not found naturally within food, may be classified as potentially harmful and therefore mislead the public into thinking they may provide a safe and effective alternative to nutrients found within human breast milk. Do we have a case here of "Organic Washing?"

Infant formula has already been established to increase the risk of severe, debilitating and even fatal childhood diseases through a wide range of epidemiological studies. This research is avilable to view on our infant formula page.

Breastfeeding, on the other hand, significantly reduces the risk of infant, childhood and later life morbidity and mortality. This research is available to view on our Breastfeeding.

For Further Reading: 

Infant Formula For Disaster 

Is Your Multivitamin Toxic? (This explains why companies can use these chemicals as "nutrients.")


IngredientsToxicity LevelCumulative KnowledgeArticle Count
Organic Reduced Minerals Wheynone34372
Organic Non-Fat Milkpossibly44254
Organic Lactosenot determined
Organic Glucose Syrup Solidsnot determined
Organic Palm Oil Or Organic Palm Oleinnot determined
Organic Coconut Oilnone15528
Organic High Oleic (Safflower Or Sunflower Oil)not determined
Organic Soy Oilnot determined
Organic Whey Protein Concentrate And Less Than 1%: Crypthecodinium Cohnii Oil (Docosahexaenoic Acid)not determined
Mortierella Alpina Oil (Arachidonic Acid)not determined
Soy Lecithinnone288
Minerals: (Calcium Chloridepossibly00
Calcium Hydroxidepossibly00
Cupric Sulfatedefinitely5419
Ferrous Sulfatedefinitely223
Manganese Sulfatedefinitely21
Potassium Bicarbonatenot determined
Potassium Chlorideprobably707
Potassium Hydroxidedefinitely00
Potassium Iodidenone11621
Sodium Citratepossibly11
Sodium Selenitedefinitely2115
Zinc Sulfate)definitely54
Vitamins: Ascorbic Acidnone1755271
Ascorbyl Palmitatenone101
Calcium Pantothenatenone529
Choline Chloridepossibly00
Cyanocobalaminnot determined
Folic Acidnone58575
Mixed Tocopherol Concentratenot determined
Pyridoxine Hydrochloridenone41552
Thiamin Hydrochloridenone10215
Vitamin A Palmitatepossibly63
Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)none2705379
Vitamin E (Dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate)probably8114
Vitamin K (Phytonadione)none56268
Nucleotides: Adenosine-5'-Monophosphatepossibly21
Cytidine-5'-Monophosphatenot determined
Disodium Guanosine-5'-Monophosphatepossibly42
Disodium Inosine-5'-Monophosphatenot determined
Disodium Uridine-5'-Monophosphate.not determined

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