New Study Proves Popular Baby Foods and Formulas Are Literally Toxic
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An alarming new study has proved that some mainstream baby formulas and foods are toxic, testing positive for various poisonous ingredients.
And yes, this is obviously a huge cause of concern for all parents.
In a study conducted by The Clean Label project that was released Wednesday, October 25, over 80 percent of infant formulas were found to be contaminated with arsenic and other harmful ingredients, USA Today reports.
The nonprofit, which advocates for proper food labeling, tested about 530 different baby formulas, snacks, foods and drinks purchased in the past five months.
The results? Researchers found "65 percent of products tested positive for arsenic, 36 percent for lead, 58 percent for cadmium and 10 percent for acrylamide," the site states.
And unfortunately, some of parents' favorite brands were the biggest offenders, including Gerber, Enfamil, Plum Organics and Sprout.
And as you can imagine, these harmful ingredients are detrimental to a child's development, effecting their motor skills and cognition, pediatrician Jennifer Lowry says.
Toddler-favorite rice-based snack puffs in particular were found to have some of the highest levels of arsenic, which could cause developmental defects, diabetes and even cancer, according to World Health Organization.
And what's most alarming is the amounts of toxic ingredients found in these foods wasn't minute, either, despite FDA regulations to keep such ingredients to a minimum.
The site also reports that no amount of lead is safe for human consumption, and that it's been linked to "lower IQs, slowed growth, behavioral problems, hearing issues and anemia," in babies and toddlers.
And don't be fooled by foods labeled as "organic" or "BPA-free."
The same study concluded that so-called organic foods had double the amount of arsenic as regular baby foods, and 60 percent of products claiming to be free of toxic chemical Bisphenol-A tested positive for BPA, reports Romper.
But here's some silver lining — this doesn't mean you have to starve your kid.
The organization recommends buying products from Happy Baby, Beech-Nut, or Little Duck Organics, which were found to be the safest bets.
You can check out the full list of products tested on Clean Label Project's website — and keep all this in mind next time you're grocery shopping for your little one.
As if millennial moms didn't have enough to worry about, right?!