Unique Plant-Based GOS for Infant Nutrition

GOS: one step closer to breast milk


One of the main constituents of human milk are small, galactose-based fibers. These prebiotic fibers stimulate the implementation of a favorable gut microbiota rich in specific bifidobacteria, and the development of the immune system and normal transit.

However Cow’s milk, the main ingredient used for infant formulas, contains very few oligosaccharides.

Supplementation with P-GOS® galacto-oligo-saccharides offers a safe and easy alternative to stimulate the right bifidobacteria, thus bringing infant formulas one step closer to human milk.

And since P-GOS® is gently extracted from legumes, this is now even possible for 100% plant-based, lactose-free or hypoallergenic formulas.



Bifidogenic (*)

Promotes the growth of a beneficial flora



Lactose- & Dairy- free

Suitable for cow's milk allergic and lactose intolerant infants


For vegan formulas

Non GM

The Purest GOS

> 95% pure GOS

Gently processed


(*) Potential consumer benefits have not been evaluated by EFSA nor FDA and are not to be considered as health claims. They should be considered as potential leads that might be developed into health claims complying with the local legal requirements


Mode of action

Intestinal bifidobacteria are considered beneficial, especially in infants, as they:

  • hold anti-inflammatory properties,
  • contribute to colonization resistance against pathogens, 
  • improve digestion and absorption (2).

Term breast-fed infants have a gut microbiota dominated by Bifidobacteria. Conversely the microbiota of infants fed with milk-based or plant-based formulas are richer in clostridia and bacteroides. (3,4)

P-GOS stimulates the production of SCFAs such as butyrate and the growth of Bifidobacteria. It inhibits the growth of clostridia, especially C. difficile  (Involved in diarrhea) as well as strains close to these species.


Proofs of efficacy




Stools of healthy infants were co-incubated (6 samples per substance) with different prebiotics (4 mg/mL) or control  (no product) during 20 hours, in presence or not of Clostridium difficile.

DNA was then isolated and 16S QPCR was used to analyze total bacterial levels.

Intestinal I-Chip (TNO-Zeist) was performed to analyze bacterial species.

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Infant nutrition

P-GOS® is perfectly soluble in water, tasteless and slightly sweet. The powder's flowability is very good.

  • Plant-based formulas
  • Lactose-free, hypoallergenic formulas
  • Dry-blended formulas


Recommended dosage: 3 to 8 g/l of rehydrated infant formula.

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(1) Avershina E and al. Bifidobacterial succession and correlation networks in a large unselected cohort of mothers and their children. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2013 Jan;79(2):497-507
(2) Reading NC and Kasper DL (2011) The starting lineup: key microbial players in intestinal immunity and homeostasis. Front. Microbio. 2:148. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2011.00148
(3) Gritz EC and Bhandari V (2015) The human neonatal gut microbiome: a brief review. Front. Pediatr. 3:17. doi: 10.3389/fped.2015.00017
(4) Nutr Res Rev. 2010 Jun;23(1):23-36. doi: 10.1017/S0954422410000065. Epub 2010 May 10. Breast- v. formula-feeding: impacts on the digestive tract and immediate and long-term health effects. Le Huërou-Luron I1, Blat S, Boudry G.

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