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Heavy metals in baby food? What parents should know and do

If there is anything you can trust to be safe, it should be baby food, right?

Well … maybe not.

A report from the US House Committee on Oversight and Reform says that business child menus are defiled with hazardous the different levels of arsenic, produce, cadmium, and mercury.

Which babe menu business are involved?

The report was based on information from merely four corporations that realize child food: Nurture, Beech-Nut, Hain, and Gerber. Arsenic, extend, and cadmium were found in baby nutrients from all of the companies; mercury was located in the meat from the only company that measured for it( Nurture ).

Of note, three other corporations( Walmart, Sprout, and Campbell’s Soup) were asked to provide the same information about their newborn food products, and did not.

And that is part of the problem: this is just one report, with limited information. It’s hard to know exactly what it conveys about commercial baby foods in general, but it’s a report that we need to take seriously, because all four of these heavy metals can affect the developing brain. And when you harm the brain as it develops, the damage is likely to be permanent.

Do organic child foods contain heavy metals?

It’s important to note that organic baby nutrients aren’t definitely better, in no small percentage because many of them contain brown rice. Many rice seeds naturally contain arsenic, and unpolished rice has more than white rice. Over the past few years we have come to understand the problem of arsenic in rice, and both the American Academy of Pediatrics( AAP) and the FDA recommend restriction rice intake for babies.

What stairs can parents take to be sure newborn menus are safe and healthy?

The FDA is working on make better monitoring and regulation of heavy metals in commercial-grade child foods. In the meantime, it’s nearly impossible to know which are completely safe and which aren’t. Child don’t need solid foods until 6 months of age. At that time it’s perfectly fine to give them soft table meat instead of baby foods. You can also make your own child food, expending steamed or naturally soft foods and a blender.( Storage tip: you can pour a homemade puree into an ice cube tray and freeze it, and then only give the cubes it is necessary to each time .)

The American Academy of Pediatrics has suggestions for families to help decrease their children’s exposure to heavy metal in their menu and beverage 😛 TAGEND

Give your child a wide variety of different foods( the more natural dyes, the very best ). Vary the particles. As mentioned above, it’s best to limit rice and rice products( check labels — rice is in a lot of menus sold for newborns, like “puffs” ). Try barley, oats, and other particles. When cooking rice, it’s best to cook it in extra water and drain that water off, and to use white basmati and sushi rice, which have less arsenic. Check your sea. Old pipings can contain make, which can leach into drinking water. Forestall fruit juices. Not merely can they increase the risk of cavities and obesity, but many business liquors likewise contain heavy metal. Determine health fish selects. Fish contains nutrients that are very healthy for the developing brain, but some fish can contain harmful sums of mercury. Stay clear of large-scale, greedy, long-living fish like swordfish, shark, or albacore tuna; it’s better to choose fish like cod, light-headed tuna, salmon, or pollock.

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