The Bottom Line:
Although heavy metals are naturally occurring in produce, there are choices that we can make to significantly lower exposure.
The first two years of your babe’s life are the most critical time to ensure they’re getting the right nutrition to support their rapid growth and development. The current baby food options are falling short.
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Heavy metals such as organic and inorganic arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury are toxins that are naturally found in earth’s soil, but can be found in higher levels where agricultural conditions are less regulated. Exposure to these heavy metals can impact our babies’ brain development and IQ.
Metals make their way into food as a result of lengthy processing and commercial sterilization, cleaners that break down into toxins in your food, or food grown in soil that has been heavily treated with pesticides and other toxins.
Currently, the FDA does not set any limits on levels of heavy metals in baby food, aside from arsenic in rice cereal. On the other hand, the agency does regulate lead levels in bottled water, juice, and candy, as well as limits arsenic and cadmium in bottled water.
If you want to get involved further in this conversation, contact your representative to demand a response from the FDA and further regulation for heavy metals in baby food.