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Heavy Metals in Baby Food

heavy metals in baby food

Unfortunately, many babies suffer from various illnesses such as autism, ADHD, development delays & more. One of the causes of such illnesses has been found to be the heavy metals present in the baby food such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury.

Being a parent, it is important that you know the ingredients of the food you are giving to your baby. It has been more than five years since the FDA made a change in the safe levels of lead in baby food. However, recently a report has been published by a congressional subcommittee that states several brands of baby food contain toxic heavy metals.

Several baby food lawsuits have been filed against major baby food manufacturers in the past years. It’s time parents educate themselves on the topic and take necessary precautions for the safety of their baby.

Most Toxic Heavy Metals in Baby Food

Heavy metals here means toxic metals that are detected in the environment. These metals are dangerous for both humans and animals. Some of the most common metals found in baby food are as follows:

  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Chromium
  • Mercury
  • Cadmium
  • Thallium
  • Nickel
  • Beryllium

Unfortunately, the levels of toxic metals present in baby food can radically affect their health. Especially, if your baby is exposed to arsenic, lead, or mercury.

Common Effects of Heavy Metal Baby Food

Giving your baby food that includes toxic substances is the worst nightmare for every parent. Some baby foods that have high levels of heavy metals includes:

  • Infant rice puff snacks
  • Teething biscuits
  • Rice rusks
  • Fruit juice
  • Infant rice cereal
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potatoes

These food items cause brain diseases among children like cognitive disorders, autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Moreover, heavy metal exposures to lead,arsenic, cadmium, and mercury have been linked to:

  • Learning and behavior difficulties
  • ADHD
  • Lower IQ scores
  • Autistic behaviors

How you Can Lower the Levels of Heavy Metals in Baby Food

  1. Ensure you provide a balanced diet to your child by serving them with a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and grains.
  2. Always read the multi-ingredients blends mentioned on the packages of food items to make sure that you’re serving a variety of food.
  3. Also, include a variety of grains in your baby's diet such as barley,oat, couscous, farro, quinoa, and bulgur. Go for multi-grain infant cereals.

What Steps you Can Take If your Baby is Exposed

Besides, finding the right treatment for your baby, you must file a baby lawsuit against these manufacturing companies. Here a few ways to do so:

  • Hire a reliable lawyer to file a lawsuit against the manufacturing company.
  • Legally, the FDA is responsible for food safety standards, so you can file a complaint against the brand with them too.

Conclusion

Moreover, as we’ve mentioned-above, filing a lawsuit against the company is quite easy. And you can also contact the Consumer Product Safety Commission for your concerns.

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