PARENTING: Stop feeding your baby rice cereal

Do you know what you’re feeding your baby? A recently published investigation suggests it’s a heavy dose of toxic metals, which are linked to brain development damage.

Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95 percent contained lead, 73 percent contained arsenic, 75 percent contained cadmium and 32 percent contained mercury. One fourth of the foods contained all four heavy metals.

Infant rice cereal, rice dishes and rice-based snacks topped the list of most toxic foods for babies, the investigation found.

And while it’s long been pointed out by studies that rice cereal really has no place in your baby’s diet – from the lack of nutritional value, to the potential for heavy metal content – many parents still rely on the age-old advice that they should feed it to their baby as early as possible. I asked around to a handful of new parents, and was frequently met with the response that their parents encouraged the practice.

I urge you to reconsider that notion, and conduct your own research before accepting the outdated advice as fact. Heavy metals can be extremely damaging to little bodies, and I believe it’s worth eliminating the worst culprits, like rice products.

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