Asked by Viva Schroeder in Baby FoodPoisons and ToxinsChild Health
Which toxic chemicals are found in most baby foods?
October 31, 2019 6:16PM
A recent report from the group Healthy Babies Bright Futures found that 95 percent of baby foods tested contained one of the following toxic chemicals: lead, arsenic, mercury, or cadmium. Out of the 168 foods tested, the chemical breakdowns are as follows: 94 percent contained lead, 73 percent contained arsenic, 75 percent contained cadmium, and 32 percent contained mercury. 1 in 4 of the foods contained all four heavy metals.
Although the toxins were found in small amounts, it is still concerning, as low levels build up over time and, according to the report, "can alter the developing brain and erode a child's IQ." Foods among the highest risk for neurotoxic harm were rice-based snacks as well as sweet potatoes and fruit juice. The study found that avoiding these foods could eliminate toxin exposure by up to 80 percent.