Recent studies found that the majority of baby food products in the United States contain an unnecessary and distressing amount of heavy metals.
Heavy metals are found naturally in all soil, but without proper regulations these toxins go unfiltered and can be picked up in greater amounts during soil fertilization, animal care, and manufacturing.
The four major toxic heavy metals are arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury; these metals have parents concerned and asking questions about the potential effects on their baby's health and development.
Lead was one of the first heavy metals identified as neurotoxic; as such, we know that absorption of lead poses serious implications to public health and is especially dangerous when ingested by infants.
Some chronic effects of lead poisoning in babies are colic, constipation, and anemia. Fetal neuro-developmental effects and reduced learning capacity in children are among the most serious effects.
With lead exposure contributing to 400,000 deaths per year, no amount of lead is safe to include in your diet.
When cadmium is ingested the risks include lung and bone diseases, cancer, and with even trace amounts regularly given in infant foods and formulas, cadmium can cause acute kidney failure later in life.
Particularly in children, prolonged exposure to toxic levels of mercury may cause severe nerve damage. Mercury poisoning has been known to slow cognitive development and slow the achievement of developmental milestones.
Indicating markers of Mercury poisoning include impeded coordination, muscle weakness, degenerative eye sight loss, and hearing issues.
Daily exposure to arsenic reduces children's life expectancy dramatically and batters the immune system which allows little ones to fight illness and disease.
Infants are more at risk of developing cancer and skin lesions, and it also raises the long term risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease.