Authored By: Candace Whitman
According to CNN, a recent study found that of 168 tested baby foods made by major U.S. manufacturers, “95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. One fourth of the foods contained all four heavy metals.”
Sandee LaMotte of CNN reports that prior research showed that arsenic exposure, even at low levels, can affect a baby’s brain development.
Rice-based food, like rice puffs and cereal, ranked among the highest in terms of most toxic foods for babies. Other foods that present a higher risk for metal exposure include, teething biscuits, fruit juice, carrots, and sweet potatoes.
Experts recommend parents give their children oatmeal and multi-grain snacks instead of rice snacks, milk or water instead of juice, and vary their children’s diet in terms of fruits and vegetables.
To read more about the study, click here to read LaMotte’s article on the subject.