Heavy Metals and Baby Food Video

Board certified pediatrician Dr. Maria Rivera takes on the recent headlines claiming heavy metals are in commercial and homemade baby food. Check out this 15 minute video to learn about the research behind the headlines and what you should do about it to feed your baby safely and confidently.

Heavy Metals in Baby Big Takeaways

Data from the Bright Horizon’s study and House oversight report is not new. Bottom line: don’t worry. Parents have cause to be concerned, but not alarmed. Here are few things we suggest you do.

Avoid rice cereal (and rice snacks) in favor of oat or other grain cereals

If you are buying rice, favor basmati rice from India, Pakistan, and California. Choose sushi rice from the United States. These all have lower levels of inorganic arsenic (brown rice has higher levels).

No juice!

Pick baby foods that don’t include grape or apple juice as an ingredient. We suggest you avoid giving your baby and toddlers juice as long as possible. Water is a better choice.

Mix up what you eat

Variety is a good habit! Keep changing up your little one’s diet when they are babies. Beyond this benefit, it helps prevent picky eating. Also, carrots and sweet potatoes absorb more metals because they grow underground so don’t rely too much on those foods. 

Things that don’t seem to help

If you 1) buy organic, 2) make your own food or 3) wash your foods or produce it doesn’t remove or seem to help with heavy metals. This data just shows there is some heavy metals in our food source. 

The biggest help? Be an advocate

Call your representatives. They have the capacity to make laws that would force companies to change their practices to abide by certain standards. You can support initiatives that are trying to decrease pollution and advocate for cleaner energy and manufacturing procedures. 

In light of the new House report, this feels like a good thing to do! Here’s how to find your House Rep and your Senator. 

Still confused about heavy metals in baby food? Talk to a registered dietitian today.