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Understanding Partially Hydrolyzed Protein (PHP) – What is it and are they the same?

 

Partially Hydrolyzed Protein is a gentle protein that is specially formulated for children who are prone to contracting allergies such as eczema.

Monday, June 1st, 2020

What is PHP?

Partially Hydrolyzed Protein (PHP) is a cow’s milk protein which has undergone a special process called hydrolysis, which breaks down the protein molecules into smaller pieces for easier absorption. Therefore, a milk formula that contains PHP is gentler and easier for a baby’s delicate tummy to process. It is also less likely to irritate the gut and cause allergic reactions due to its smaller molecular size. This reduces the allergenicity potential of the milk protein compared to other milk formula that are available in the market.

What is hydrolysis and are all PHP formulas the same?

In hydrolysis, the process helps to break down complex protein structures into smaller molecules (up to 10 times smaller than its original size). A longitudinal study has shown that children who were fed with PHP formulas have a significant reduction in the occurrence of eczema and allergic diseases. The study supports the recommendation to use a PHP formula with clinically-proven effectiveness to reduce the chances of contracting eczema amongst children with a high risk of allergy.

However, it is important to note that not all PHP formulas in the market are the same i.e. they do not have the same degree of reduced allergenicity load. The result of hydrolysis is influenced by many factors such as type of protein used (whether it is 100% whey protein), technology used, and expertise of the manufacturer. Hence, it’s advisable to seek professional advice to identify the best PHP suited for your child.

Speak to your doctor if you have family history of allergies

Thanks to its hypoallergenic properties, PHP-formulated milk are usually recommended by pediatricians for children that have family history of allergies such as eczema. Some parents may find milk that contains PHP to be more suitable for their children who have sensitive tummy. Nevertheless, it is always best to consult your doctor before you decide to switch to formula after breastfeeding.

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis.

 

References:

1.http://worldnutrijournal.org/OJS/index.php/WNJ/article/view/V02.i2.0008

2.https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs003940070018

3.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6039995/

4.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18166574

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