Nutrition in early life lays the foundations for health in later life. Our passion is to understand how nutrition impacts growth, development and body composition in preterm and term infants, toddlers and mothers to be. We use these insights to provide the nutritional products needed for optimal development.
NUTRITION FOR LOCAL NEEDS
Understanding local nutritional needs and matching our products accordingly is a core part of our strategy. We respect variations in eating habits and cultural practices. We have developed nutritional standards for our milk formulas and complementary foods that in many cases exceed the minimum legal requirements and which are based on the latest scientific insights. To understand local needs, we use our Danone tool called ‘Nutriplanet’, which compiles comprehensive dossiers of the nutritional data and public health situation in a country and undertakes interviews with experts to better understand the local context.
Understanding local nutritional needs and matching our products accordingly is a core part of our strategy.
NUTRITION IMPACTS DEVELOPMENT
Our research is focused on the impact of early nutrition on growth, body composition and metabolic development during the first years of life. Through increasing our knowledge on the metabolic load, bioavailability, and kinetics of micro- and macronutrients, we have gained insight on the role of nutrition in the growth and development of term and preterm infants. In addition, we are unraveling the mechanisms underlying metabolic programming, e.g. sustained effects of early nutrition on later life metabolic health.
Establishing a scientific network with researchers conducting cohort or (pre)clinical studies enables us to continuously gain deeper insights into the impact of nutrition on the metabolism and development of young children. Ultimately this results in a continuous improvement of our products.