Toxic Chemicals Can Be Found In Baby Foods, Here’s What You Can Do

Toxic Chemicals Can Be Found In Baby Foods, Here’s What You Can Do

Hi folks! As a parent, you have a lot on your
mind, and the last thing you want to worry about is exposing your baby to harmful chemicals
in your own home. How can you avoid this? You will be surprised to know that the culprit
is none other than baby food. A recent study on commercial infant food products
revealed that 95% of 168 baby foods it tested across 61 brands tested were found to contain
detectable levels of toxic metals that can permanently affect infants’ neurological
development and behavior. So what are these toxins and how can you make
sure that you kids don’t ingest them? Stay tuned because we’ll be answering these questions
and more in today’s video. What Toxic chemicals are we talking about: The neurotoxins arsenic, cadmium, lead, and
mercury occur naturally in all foods, but at least 3 of these chemicals were found in
40% of baby food samples tested, with 26% of products tested containing all 4 heavy
metals. Also, lead was found in 94% of baby foods
tested, cadmium in 75%, arsenic in 73%, and mercury in 32%. The study also included new
data on the presence of the industrial chemical perchlorate in baby food, which adds to the
IQ points loss posed by heavy metals. Perchlorate contamination was recorded in
19 of the 25 baby foods tested, including infant formula. The chemical, commonly used
in food packaging, disrupts thyroid functions critical to brain development. Rice-based foods such as infant rice cereals,
rice dishes, and rice snacks top the list for inorganic arsenic, which the study says
accounts for 20% of the more than 11 million IQ points that children lose from birth to
24 months from all dietary sources. Why are children more at risk: Babies have lower immunity than adults and
most of their organs and senses are at a growing stage which makes them more vulnerable to
these toxins. Babies breathe more often and more deeply.
They also consume more food and water per pound than adults, increasing their exposure
risk to toxic chemicals in the environment. They also crawl on the floor and put so many
things in their mouths, exposing them to more unwanted chemicals than adults. Why are these chemicals bad for your babies
and kids: Even in the trace amounts found in food, toxic
metals can erode your child’s IQ, cause developmental and behavior problems, and impact their kidneys
and liver. Young children, especially babies, are at
highest risk because their brains and organs aren’t fully developed, their intestinal absorption
of toxic elements is higher and their food intake to body weight is greater. Toxic chemicals in babies and children can
also lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and reproductive problems
later in life. Which foods are the most toxic: You have to keep in mind that some foods have
been found to be riskier than others. Products made with rice, particularly cereals, are
the top sources of heavy metals, especially inorganic arsenic. Four of the seven rice
cereals tested had arsenic levels above the proposed Food and Drug Administration limit
of 100 parts per billion. It also included rice dishes and rice based snacks. The other foods are Cheerios and oat ring
cereal, Macaroni and cheese, Puff snacks and teething biscuits, Soft cereal bars, Oatmeal
cookies, Fruit yogurt and Sweet potato baby food. The list also contains drinks like Apple juice,
Grape juice and a 100 percent Fruit juice blend. Why Are Heavy Metals present in Baby Food? Heavy metals are found in soil and water,
and crops absorb them as they grow— some plants are more prone to absorption than others.
Rice, for example, absorbs about 10 times more arsenic than other grains. While the FDA has proposed draft guidelines
for baby cereals and fruit juices, it has not yet finalized them, despite saying that
it would do so by the end of 2018. Although arsenic levels in rice cereal and
fruit juice have declined 36 percent and 75 percent during the past 10 years due to the
FDA’s draft guidance. Government Action Needed: The government needs to take additional steps
like setting a goal of no detectable levels of these heavy metals in baby and children’s
food, and setting incremental targets for industry to meet along the way It should also finalize its proposed limit
of 100 ppb for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal and should lower the limit for
lead in juice from 50 ppb to 5 ppb. What action can you take as a parent: Give your child a variety of food: One of
the reasons exposures add up dangerously for infants is the lack of variety in their diet.
Take 4- to 6-month-olds for example. Many parents still follow old, outdated guidelines
on the best first foods, or believe they need to introduce one food at a time, waiting a
few days to see if an allergy will occur. But there’s no recommendations anymore on
what you have to start with. You don’t have to wait days in between introducing new food.
You don’t have to hold off on any allergenic foods, unless there is an existing allergy
in the family. Latest guidelines suggest that you should
feed your baby a variety of healthy foods, including all of the allergenic foods early
and often in a consistency the baby can manage. You don’t have to avoid anything other than
raw honey, milk or choking hazards. Milk is not advised as a drink for infants
because it cannot be metabolized until around the age of one. But it is fine as an addition
to mashed potatoes or other foods during the first year. After age one, milk and water
are the go-to drinks for children. Adding variety at the beginning will also
help children be less picky in their food selections as they grow. That’s good news,
considering kiddie staples such as macaroni and cheese showed up in the list of most neurotoxic
foods. Reduce Rice: As we told you before, rice and
its products are considered to contain the most toxic chemicals amongst baby food. These
include rice cereal, rice-based puffs, rice-based snacks and rice rusks or teething biscuits. Instead of rice, try to feed whole grains
with more nutrition to your baby. Choose oatmeal and other whole grain cereals but not plain
except for the first day or so. You can also add almond butter and peanut butter to the
oatmeal for extra nutrition. You don’t have to do cereal as a first food
at all. You could also do avocado and vegetables and then go straight to salmon and chicken
and even meat, beans or lentils, as long as you puree it. Choose snacks carefully: Rice teething rusks
and other teething biscuits are more like snacks that have no nutrition and are not
good choices to soothe a baby’s pain. It’s essentially like giving your baby a cookie.
A cold piece of melon, a frozen banana or peeled cucumber are better choices if you
watch closely for choking. You may go for a teething ring or soft wet cloth as well,
again with watching for choking. That will reduce levels of arsenic as well
as lead and cadmium that has been found in those teething foods. There are also better choices for toddler
snacks than rice puffs or even the ubiquitous round cereal so frequently given as a finger
food which also showed up on the neurotoxic list. Snacks like apples and bananas, cheese, grapes,
peaches and yogurt are great replacements. Avoid Juice: Apple, grape and other juices
are a significant source of heavy metals for children, not because the levels are as high
as rice products, but because children drink so much juice. When you do the math, juices can sometimes
be way worse than rice. In fact 80% of families serve juice to their toddlers and three quarters
of those serve it daily. By replacing juice with tap water, you can
reduce your child’s exposure to toxic metals by about 68%. But don’t go with bottled
water as it is no safer than filtered tap water and generates plastic waste that is
easily avoided if you choose tap water. Even 100% fruit juice offers no nutritional
benefits over whole fruit. That’s because the natural sugars in juice contribute to
weight gain and dental decay as much as other sugars. While juice does contain some vitamins
and a bit of calcium, the overall lack of protein and fiber make it a poor choice for
a healthy drink for babies and kids. Babies under six months only need breast milk
and formula. As for juice, it’s best to avoid juice for children under 1. The drinks of choice for a child’s second
year of life should be water and whole milk, although a small amount of juice is fine.
But make sure it’s 100% fruit juice to avoid added sugar. Better yet, serve small pieces
of real fruit, which are even healthier. Prepare Foods Carefully: Carrots and sweet
potatoes are on the list of foods most contaminated. By replacing those with a variety of vegetables,
you can reduce your baby’s risk by 73%. But instead of eliminating carrots and sweet
potatoes, which are excellent sources of key vitamins and minerals, you should serve them
less frequently to your child and take extra care to peel them carefully. Peeling definitely helps, and if you peel
even a little more deeply, you can remove more of the heavy metals.
When cooking rice for the entire family, add extra water, just as you would for pasta,
then pour it off before serving. That can reduce arsenic levels by up to 60%. Do you feed your baby any of the foods on
this list? What is your go to baby snack food? Let us know in the comments section below.

13 thoughts on “Toxic Chemicals Can Be Found In Baby Foods, Here’s What You Can Do

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  2. Do you feed your baby any of the foods on this list? What is your go to baby snack food? If you enjoyed this video, please give it a like and share it with your friends! 🙂

  3. I remember reading somewhere that baby food is the infant version of junk food you’re really best making your own only trouble is commercially bought baby food it’s rather like pet food it’s quick and convenient but not really the best for them.

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