How to protect your child from exposure to lead, arsenic, cadmium in baby food

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You buy your organic baby food thinking it is safe but it may still be contaminated with lead and arsenic.

Organic foods have less pesticide residues. However, lead, arsenic and cadmium can still be in the soil from pesticides that are now banned.

Many plants, organic or not, pick up the heavy metals from the soil. Chronic exposure to these heavy metals can damage organs in the body and may increase the risk of cancer.

However, you can minimize your child’s exposure to these contaminants. Limit the amount of rice your child eats. Make your child’s first solid food pureed vegetables, avocado or infant oatmeal.

Limit other rice food including rice cakes, rice pasta, and cold cereal made from rice. Avoid too much apple and grape juice. Studies found both are high in arsenic.

Finally, don’t overdo the chocolate. Cocoa powder may have cadmium and lead.

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