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Researchers believe baby foods contain toxic metals

Alexander Alexeenko - 19.10.19

The authors of a study commissioned by Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) tested 168 baby food samples for four heavy metals: arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium. They found that 95% of the samples were contaminated with at least one of the heavy metals, and every fourth baby food sample contained all of these metals. Only nine out of 168 proven children's products did not contain traces of any of the four metals.

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Among the highest-risk foods are fruit juices, as well as rice-based foods, including puff snacks and rice flakes, since rice is especially effective at absorbing arsenic, a common pesticide, as it grows. Sweet potatoes and carrots are also big culprits, as they are root crops.

The tested products covered 61 brands and 13 types of foods, including baby food, teething cookies, cereals and fruit juices. They were mainly selected by parents who voluntarily collaborated with HBBF partner organizations. Parents were asked to buy products from the most common baby food brands at local stores. Complementary foods were purchased online.

Among metals, lead was present in 94 percent of baby foods tested. This was followed by cadmium and arsenic, found in about three quarters of the tested children's products, and mercury was the least common, found in just under one third of the tested children's products. These four metals are neurotoxic and pose a serious threat to the healthy development of the brain in childhood.

Exposure to these heavy metals can lead to a decrease in IQ. Additional effects of heavy metals include attention deficit, as well as learning and behavioral effects.

“Heavy metals affect neural connections,” said nurse Charlotte Brody, one of the authors of the report and national director of HBBF. “Everything we can do to lower these chemicals will give children a better chance of learning.”

“One way to reduce these levels of exposure to heavy metals is to get the FDA to set food safety rules,” says Brody.

At the same time, parents do not need to wait for his instructions to offer their children safer alternatives to products with a high risk of toxic metal contamination. You can choose snacks and cereals without rice, such as oatmeal and cereal. It is also important to try to provide children with a variety of vegetables on the menu, in addition to regular sweet potatoes and mashed carrots. Replacing teething cookies with frozen bananas is also a great option. HBBF says that such alternatives contain on average 80% lower levels of metals.

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