Ingredients: Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Organic Carob Bean Gum, and Calcium Carbonate
Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin is an easily digestible polysaccharide used as a food additive and is derived from tapioca. Maltodextrin is widely used in infant formulas, though often it is derived from corn. Gelmix does not contain corn or other common allergens.
Carob Bean Gum (also known as Locust Bean Gum) is a galactomannans vegetable gum extracted from the seeds of the carob tree. It is used as a thickening agent and gelling agent and is in the same family as fenugreek gum, guar gum, and tara gum. It has been used in Europe as an infant milk thickener to address digestive issues since the 1950s.
FDA Title 21 FDA, Direct Food Substances Affirmed as Generally Recognized As Safe:
Guide to the Research:
“Locust bean gum safety in neonates and young infants: An integrated review of the toxicological database and clinical evidence,” Leo Meunier et al, Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Oct 2014, Vol. 70, Issue 1, p. 155-169.
Study concludes that locust bean gum is safe for its intended therapeutic use in term-born infants to treat uncomplicated regurgitation from birth onwards.
“Effect of formula thickened with reduced concentration of locust bean gum on gastroesophageal reflux,” Acta Paediatrica. Miyazawa R, Tomomasa T, Kaneko H, Arakawa H, Morikawa A. June 2007;96(6):910-914. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA.
Study finds that formula thickened with locust bean gum reduced the number of regurgitations without affecting gastric emptying delay in very young infants.
“Effects of Thickened Feeding on Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants: a Placebo-Control Crossover Study Using Intraluminal Impedance,” Tobias G. Wenzl et al, Pediatrics, 2003, 111: e355-e359.
Study finds thickening of formula feedings with carob bean gum as an efficient therapy for uncomplicated GER in infants.
“Use of a new thickened formula for treatment of symptomatic gastroesophageal reflux in infants,” Borrelli O, Salvia G, Campanozzi A, Franco MT, Moreira FL, Emiliano M, Campanozzi F, Cucchiara S. Ital J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 1997 Jun;29(3):237-42.
Study shows that formula thickened with locust bean gum is superior to those traditionally thickened with added rice flour, in the conservative treatment of infants with gastroesophageal reflux.