Researchers in Thailand recently claimed to have developed the worldâ€™s first milk formula from chicken meat for infants who are allergic to protein in breast milk or cowâ€™s milk.
â€œThe milk made from chicken breast strips can provide high energy and nutritional levels similar to milk from cows and soyabeans. It also poses a lower risk of allergies to milk protein from these main sources,â€ lead researcher Pipop Jirapinyo said.
Jirapinyo is the head of the team at the Bangkok-based Siriraj Hospital which claimed to have achieved the breakthrough after conducting the research for over five years with 38 babies allergic to protein in cowâ€™s milk.
The results revealed that infants were eight times less likely to be allergic to milk from chicken meat than to soyabean milk. The conclusion came after the team compared the allergic symptoms of 20 babies given milk from chicken meat with the remaining 18 who were given soyabean milk.
â€œThe newly invented milk formula will soon be the most valuable food source for thousands of babies allergic to the protein in cowâ€™s milk and from other sources, giving them opportunities to have the same growth level as other infants,â€ Jirapinyo was quoted as saying.
The milk formula has already been patented and Jirapinyo plans to further develop the powdered version of the milk for production on an industrial scale and improve an adult formula for the aged people in the near future.
Source: The Times Of India