Let’s dive deeper into this important topic of dangerous toxins in your baby food.
As a parent, it’s understandable to feel concerned and even alarmed by the recent report that revealed over 95% of baby foods sold in America are contaminated with toxic heavy metals. It’s important to take action to protect your little one from harm, including the toxins in your baby food.
Protecting Your Baby from Dangerous Toxins in Baby Food: Solutions and Strategies
One solution is to make your own baby food at home. While this may sound like a great idea, it’s worth noting that even homemade baby food has been found to contain heavy metal contamination. So, it’s important to be mindful of the specific foods and ingredients you’re using.
Another solution is to choose organic foods, as certain foods are more prone to absorbing heavy metals than others. It’s also important to be aware of specific baby food brands and products to avoid due to toxic heavy metals. For example, rice, sweet potato, and grapes are considered riskier foods, while bananas, apples, beans, peas, milk, and cheese are safer options.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all parents have access to organic options or can afford to purchase certain brands of baby food. This is where government agencies and advocacy groups can step in and push for stronger regulations and greater transparency from the baby food industry, helping to reduce the amount of toxins in your baby food.
In addition to these solutions, parents can also take steps to diversify their baby’s diet and incorporate more nutrient-dense options. This can include animal-based products such as egg yolks, beef, and bone broth. By diversifying their diet, parents can provide their babies with a wider range of nutrients and reduce their exposure to heavy metals in certain foods.
Ultimately, it’s up to all of us to take action to protect our children from the harmful effects of toxic heavy metals. By advocating for change, choosing organic options, being mindful of specific brands and products to avoid, and diversifying our baby’s diet, we can help reduce our baby’s exposure to these harmful substances.
These foods from each of these brands contain measurable levels of toxic heavy metals, so avoid feeding them to your baby:
- Earth’s Best:
Chicken and Brown Rice Turkey
Red Beans & Brown Rice
Sweet Potatoes, 1st StageWhole Grain Oatmeal Cereal
Whole Grain Rice Cereal
Sunny Days Snack Bars, Strawberry
Chicken and Rice
Turkey and Rice
Lil’ Meals White Turkey Stew With Rice & Vegetables
Carrot, Pear, and Blackberry
Carrots Peas & Corn With Lil’ BitsSingle Grain Cereal
Organic Oatmeal Cereal
Gerber Graduates Arrowroot Cookies
Gerber Graduates Cinnamon Graham Animal Crackers
Gerber Graduates Banana Cookies
Gerber Graduates Waffle Wheels Puffed Grain Snack, Banana Cream
Gerber Graduates Lil’ Biscuits Vanilla Wheat
Gerber Graduates Cereal Bars, Strawberry Banana
- Parent’s Choice:
Little Puffs Cereal Snack, Strawberry Apple
- Sprout Organic:
Garden Vegetables Brown Rice With Turkey
Quinoa Puffs Baby Cereal Snack, Apple Kale
- Plum Organics:
Just Sweet Potato Organic Baby Food
Little Yums Organic Teething Wafers, Pumpkin & Banana
Mighty Sticks Whole Grain Snacks, Berry Beet
Beech-Nut Classics Sweet Potatoes
Beech-Nut Complete Rice Single Grain Baby Cereal
Organic Oatmeal Whole Grain Baby Cereal
Complete Oatmeal Whole Grain Baby Cereal
Quinoa Crispies, Vanilla
- Baby Mum Mum:
Banana Rice Rusks
Vegetable Rice Rusks
- Happy Baby Organics:
Organic Probiotic Baby Cereal
Superfood Puffs, Apple & Broccoli
Superfood Puffs, Purple Carrot & Blueberry
Heavy metal levels in these specific food items were lower (consumed in moderation)
Lil’ Entrées Chicken & Brown Rice With Peas & Corn
Gerber Grabbers Strong Veggies, Broccoli, Carrot, Banana, Pineapple
Gerber Organic Peas, Carrots & Beets
Gerber Breakfast Buddies Hot Cereal With Real Fruit, Apple Cinnamon
Gerber Graduates Puffs Cereal Snack, Strawberry Apple
Lil’ Beanies Baked Snack Made With Beans, White Cheddar & Broccoli
Lil’ Crunchies Baked Corn Snack Mild Cheddar
Lil’ Crunchies Baked Corn Snack Vanilla Maple
Organic Puffs, Puffed Grain Snack, Apple
- Beech Nut:
Beech-Nut Classics Apple, Pear & Banana
Beech-Nut Naturals Carrot, Broccoli, Apple & Strawberry
Beech-Nut Organic Just Apple & Green Beans
Beech-Nut Organic Peas, Green Beans, and Avocado
- Happy Baby Organics:
Purple Carrots, Bananas, Avocados & Quinoa
- Ella’s Kitchen:
Apples + Strawberries Nibbly Fingers
The Good List (these baby food brands were safe)
- Once Upon a Farm
- Serenity Foods
- Fresh Bellies
- Tiny Human Food
Together, we can work towards a safer and healthier future for our babies.
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