A study was recently published concerning lead found in 38% of commercial baby food. Sounds scary, what exactly does it mean?
Which Food is Affected?
38% of store bought baby food- this includes jars and pouches. Baby foods containing root vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots had the highest traces of lead at an astonishing 85%.
Lead was also found in baby fruit juices and teething biscuits.
How Does Lead Get Into Food?
From one of two things. Contaminated soil, or the equipment used to process the food. In order to become shelf-stable, baby food is handled by different equipment, containers, and machines that may be coated in any kind of brass, bronze, or plastic. According to the EDF, over-processing is likely the cause of the lead.
What’s So Scary About Lead?
The American Academy of Pediatrics states that there ARE NO SAFE LEVELS of lead for children. Lead can impair brain development, lead to lower IQs and cause behavioral problems.
OK, Now I’m Terrified, What Can I Do?
1. Make sure your kids eat foods high in iron, calcium and vitamin C. These nutrients help protect against lead absorption.
2. Minimize how much store bought and prepared baby foods you’re giving your tiny human. At the very least, avoid the ones containing root vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots, which contain the highest levels of lead.