As if busy parents didn't need one more thing to worry about! Even if you're not familiar with lead and the dangers it can pose to your health, you probably know where you can expect to find it. Lead paint is something all parents know to look out for, and water contaminated with lead has been in the spotlight since the crisis in Flint, Michigan started. But now, experts are sounding the alarm about something totally unexpected: baby food.
A report released this week by non-profit group the Environmental Defense Fund broke the shocking news. The group dug through more than a decade of government records and found that 1 in 5 baby food samples contained detectable levels of lead.
Lead is a toxic metal which can damage your brain. In a toddler's growing body lead poisoning can cause attention and behavioral issues, slow their cognitive development and even affect their heart health.
So how could it find its way into your baby's food? Polluted soil, which is almost impossible to remove the lead from, is the #1 suspect, but experts also believe baby food is at risk because it's highly processed - baby foods contained more lead than adult versions of the same foods.
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