Heavy Metals in Baby Food:
Here’s What You Need to Know
Heavy metals have a real impact on our babies’ developing brains and IQ. This is obviously scary news for parents everywhere, so we wanted to share some helpful information to help ensure your child’s safety.
Heavy metals commonly
find their way
into baby food
in a few ways:
1. Heavy metals are naturally found in earth’s soil, but can be found in higher levels where agricultural conditions are less regulated. Transparency on sourced ingredients is critical.
2. Metals commonly make their way into grocery-brand food as a result of lengthy processing and commercial sterilization. Machinery coated with brass, bronze or plastic can expel toxins into food.
3. This study revealed the presence of perchlorate, a neurotoxic pollutant that, even in trace amounts, has a negative impact on a child’s developing brain. This pollutant, found in 19/25 samples, is used as a cleaning agent on heavy machinery.
What Can We Do As Parents?
Cook yourself, or choose food that produces in small batches just like homemade and is not subjected to heavy and extensive processing. This will reduce the unnecessary exposure to heavy metals beyond what is naturally occurring in produce.
Some produce, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, have naturally occurring higher levels of heavy metals than other produce. While these foods are healthy and an important part of every child’s diet, ensuring a varied diet with other fruits and vegetables can decrease risk.
Skip the Rice Cereal
Rice cereals are rich in inorganic arsenic and heavy metals and are not necessary for the starting solids journey. Opt instead for a clean, organic Iron supplement such as Wiz Kid, which is made up of Iron, Vitamin E and Omega-3 DHA.
We take your baby's health seriously.
100% USDA-Certified Organic & Non-GMO Project Verified Ingredients
We only partner with trusted farms who follow rigorous testing for various organisms and heavy metals. The result? We have never had any instance of heavy metals.
We Test Over and Over
We perform third-party lab tests on every single batch of Babyblends to ensure safety & the highest quality. As the only nationwide fresh baby food delivery brand, we have full traceability on where and when all of our food is sent (unlike grocery store brands).
No Heavy Machinery
All of our food is made by hand, in small-batches, fresh and never treated with extreme heat. Metals commonly make their way into store-bought food as a result of lengthy processing and commercial sterilization with heavy machinery that’s coated with brass, bronze or plastic.
We use endless recipe combinations to ensure produce rich in calcium, vitamin C and iron are in your baby’s varied diet. These vitamins and nutrients help block absorption of heavy metals that can be naturally found in produce. We avoid ingredients rich in heavy metals, such as rice and soy, instead using organic chia, quinoa, buckwheat and hemp.
Our Vitamins & Probiotics
We are the only brand that offers both fresh, organic baby food and other vitamins & supplements. For iron fortification, our Wiz Kid supplement is a safe alternative to iron-fortified cereals that are riddled with heavy metals. Sniffle Shield not only protects your mini during cold and flu season, but can help increase vitamin C stores to keep the lead out.