Parents, make sure you check the labels. According to People, there was study done by Healthy Babies Bright Futures and Abt Associates, and they found that 95 percent of baby food tested contained toxic chemicals. Arsenic, mercury, and lead were among those chemicals.
One hundred sixty-eight baby foods were tested in total, and the biggest threats were the rice-based products, especially infant rice cereals. The study explains, “Puffs and other snacks made with rice four contain arsenic, lead and cadmium at relatively high levels compared to other baby foods. Teething biscuits and rice rusks often contain arsenic, lead, and cadmium.”
The report also states, “Rice is a leading source of arsenic exposure for young children.” Alternatives should be other grains, including barley, oat, and wheat.
One point the study does make is that if parents cook the rice in extra water, and pour it off before serving, arsenic levels will be cut up to 60 percent.
Other problematic foods besides rice-based items are apples, grape, pear, fruit juices, carrots, and sweet potatoes.