(CNN) – When you feed your baby, you may also be serving up mega-doses of lead, arsenic, and mercury.
A new investigative study found these toxic heavy metals in many of the foods produced and marketed for babies.
In the study, 168 baby foods from major manufacturers were tested, and 95 percent contained lead, 73 percent contained arsenic, 75 percent contained cadmium and 32 percent contained mercury.
Even in trace amounts, those chemicals are linked to impaired brain development in children.
The worst offenders were baby foods made with rice, sweet potatoes, and fruit juices.
The negative brain impacts of these chemicals worsen with repeated exposure.
Physicians suggest pureed vegetables, salmon, peanut-butter oatmeal and avocado as safe baby foods.
They also say meats are better sources of nutrients than rice cereals.
What it means for babies’ health: The chemicals found in baby food – arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury – are neurotoxins that can permanently alter the developing brain, erode IQ, and affect behavior.
Why baby foods contain these toxic heavy metals: These four harmful metals are found in all food – not just baby food. They occur naturally or from pollution in the environment. Crops absorb them from soil and water, and they are even found in organic food. Their presence in baby food raises unique concerns because babies are more sensitive to the toxic impacts.
What parents can do: Some popular baby foods have higher levels, like rice-based snacks, juice, and sweet potatoes. Parents can make five safer baby food choices for 80 percent less toxic metal residue.
Original Article: https://www.wafb.com/2019/10/17/toxic-chemicals-found-baby-foods-study-finds/
Reference Materials: https://www.healthybabyfood.org/
Full Report: https://www.healthybabyfood.org/sites/healthybabyfoods.org/files/2019-10/BabyFoodReport_FULLREPORT_ENGLISH_R5b.pdf
Executive Summary: https://www.healthybabyfood.org/sites/healthybabyfoods.org/files/2019-10/BabyFoodReport_EXEC-SUMM-ENGLISH_R5b.pdf