Heavy metals in baby food:
What to know

The internet is coming in hot with the latest reports on heavy metals and toxicity in baby food. But before breathing into a paper bag, let’s look at the findings together.
  • On February 4, 2021, a new report was released by the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Committee on Oversight and Reform of the U.S. House of Representatives on heavy metal in baby foods. This report references data from four companies and found that “commercial baby foods are tainted with significant levels of toxic heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury.”
  • The biggest offender in these reports are products that use rice (rice cereal, puffs, etc) as there is currently no regulation on the arsenic content in these products.
  • The FDA has cautioned that rice cereal does not need to be a baby’s first solid food and that it shouldn’t be relied on heavily.
  • The report also says that naturally-occurring heavy metals may be increased by the addition of other ingredients that are tainted with high levels of metals.
So what can YOU do when you’re looking for something to feed your tiny human?

Keep it Real

When you can, buy fresh or frozen. This lowers your risk of additives and preservatives significantly. As a rule of thumb remember, food is supposed to go bad. If it can sit on a shelf for two years, there are added ingredients, even if it says organic.

Skip the Rice

Babies don’t need to start with rice cereal. These filler foods can actually do more harm than good. Not only is this the major culprit behind high concentrations of heavy metals, but rice cereal can cause constipation and make life generally uncomfortable for tiny humans. Better to start with real food like grains and veggies.

The Best Process is No Process

Shelf-stable foods are processed. They use high heat to boil down ingredients into concentrates which eliminates important nutrients and leaves behind a higher concentration of heavy metal. This process also yields a higher sugar content and a sweeter taste.

Variety Variety Variety

Some produce, like carrots and sweet potatoes, have traces of metals due to soil. This is why it’s important to mix up your tiny human’s diet. Make sure they’re getting other ingredients and not just a steady diet of sweet potato mash.


Our Ingredients are Tested
We ONLY work with farms that adhere to regular and randomized testing of soil and ingredients. Their certifications are the proof that they abide by these rules and testing requirements.

We are NOT a Processed Food
Our meals are flash-frozen at the ingredient level. They are not precooked. There is no heat processing, pasteurizing, or anything that would interfere with the nutritional integrity of the ingredients. You make the meals at home (in 6 min or less). We are the only baby food company that does it this way and we are pretty proud.

We Insist on Variety
We use a variety of real ingredients in each meal. We worry about things like making sure there is enough vitamin C and calcium to counterbalance naturally occurring heavy metals in produce, so you don’t have to. We also CHOOSE the meals for you. This ensures your tiny human is eating a variety of foods. Some people find this annoying, we like to think we are doing our members a favor by doing the work for them.

Our Food Goes Bad
And that’s a good thing. We don’t use any additives or preservatives because they just don’t belong in baby food. The best part, our food goes bad when YOU want it to. Our meals stay fresh in your freezer for up to 6 months, so you don’t have to worry about waste.

Looking to give us a try? We’d love to have you. We started this company to give parents an alternative to what is currently on the market because honestly, we just weren’t cool with what was out there. Have more questions? Good, we love to talk. hello@raisedreal.com


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