Some of the most trusted food manufacturers of baby food are NOT to be trusted. A recent report indicates that several of the largest manufacturers have been distributing tainted baby food with toxic heavy metals.
Many of the baby foods have significant levels of substances including lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury. The metals can be especially dangerous to babies’ and toddlers’ brain development.
According to many sources, the companies that have tainted food are Nurture, Beech-Nut, Hain, and Gerber, showing their baby foods contained high levels of arsenic, lead, and cadmium. Nurture was the only company to test for mercury, which was detected at high levels as well.
Parents would never knowingly feed their babies unsafe food, but that’s exactly what’s been happening.
Even when a parent carefully reads labels, they may be duped.
According to Healthy Babies Bright Futures, a group dedicated to “measurably reduce the largest sources of babies’ exposures to toxic chemicals,” nearly nine out of ten baby foods tested had no enforceable federal safety limit for these heavy metals.
The FDA has been made aware of the report released recently by the Subcommittee in Economic and Consumer Policy Committee on Oversight and Reform at the U.S House of Representatives and is reviewing its findings.
Full article about this disturbing situation https://www.cbsnews.com/news/baby-food-toxic-heavy-metals-report-arsenic-mercury-report/
Homemade Baby Food
Although not necessarily the most convenient choice, many parents are choosing to make baby food from scratch at home.
It’s actually not as difficult as one might think AND you have much more control over what goes into your child’s system.
Not only can you include organic fruits and vegetables, but you can also avoid unhealthy foods that impact your child’s brain health.
More every day, there is evidence that a whole food, plant-based diet is the healthiest choice for babies.
Before embarking on a 100% plant-based diet for your baby, consult your pediatrician. It does help if you have a pro-plant-based diet pediatrician who fully understands the benefit. You may have to add in certain supplements to your baby’s diet, which your child’s doctor can advise you on.
According to some experts, plant-based diets, like vegetarian or vegan diets, are becoming a lot more popular.
But with the rise in popularity, many parents may be wondering: Are these diets healthy? According to Children’s Minnesota registered dieticians, Caitlyn Talbert, RDN, LD and Kelsey Vierow, RDN, LD, the answer is yes!
“Vegetarian and vegan diets can meet the nutrition needs for people of any age, and with the popularity of meat substitutes on the rise, making these choices is easier than ever,” explained Vierow.
Learn more about how to fully protect your child https://www.childrensmn.org/2020/03/24/plant-based-diets-healthy-kids/
Is Plant-Based the Way to Go?
A while ago, I sat down with Garrick Williams, who is 100% plant-based, vegan. Not only is Garrick plant-based, so are his wife and four-year-old daughter.
To fully understand the benefits of raising a child on a plant-based diet, Garrick studied extensively as well as went back to school to learn about nutrition. An engineer by trade, all his research pointed to this being an extremely healthy way to raise his daughter.
With his wife on board with the idea of raising their daughter on a plant-based diet, Garrick will be the first to admit that as she gets older, there will be outside influences on diet.
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Working together with their pediatrician, Garrick is confident his daughter’s diet is as good as it gets.
The more you know what’s in your child’s food, the better. The best way to assure you do know is to make your own. Not necessarily the most convenient solution, but definitely one that gives you peace of mind.