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What's in your baby's food? Probably dangerous heavy metals like arsenic, lead, mercury.

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We assume that anything with “baby” on the label must be safe, gentle and wholesome. Surely companies making baby foods would not knowingly sell products with dangerous levels of toxins, right? The Food and Drug Administration must be checking? 

Unfortunately, those assumptions are wrong.

Over the last year, I have been investigating baby food safety by looking at the test results possessed by the manufacturers themselves. What I learned was alarming.

Common baby foods found in grocery stores — made by trusted brands such as HappyBABY (Nurture, Inc.), Earth’s Best Organic (Hain Celestial Group, Inc.), Beech-Nut, and Gerber — contain dangerously high levels of toxic heavy metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

Heavy metals in baby food

Toxic heavy metals are exceptionally harmful to babies’ brains. Exposure can lead to long-term brain damage, causing decreased academic achievement, lost IQ points, learning disabilities, and behavioral disabilities. Babies’ developing brains are at a much higher risk than adults, since babies are small, have other developing organ systems, and absorb more of the heavy metals than adults. The heavy metals accumulate in the body, which means that the more a baby eats tainted baby food, the worse the negative impact on their brain development. 

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