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Last week I had a conversation with another parent in the school office. I was picking up my sick child early, and he was picking his daughter up to go to her scheduled doctor appointment for a well-visit. He asked my opinion on a specific vaccine, and I was hesitant to tell him what I really thought because I know we all have our opinions, and have seen many internet wars start over a simple comment. Our conversation ended with a difference of opinions, but a common understanding that when it comes to our kids, we are always fearful of doing the wrong thing.
It starts from conception. We are told what to avoid during pregnancy and educated on what is beneficial to our growing babies. The constant worry that we might make a wrong decision that can put our babies at risk always weighs down on us. Once baby comes, we need to be mindful of the chemicals we place on their skin and in their bodies. Did you know that some of the best selling infant formulas and baby foods have been known to contain lead, arsenic, mercury, BPA, and acrylamide? Don’t recognize some of these contaminants? Let’s put it this way- arsenic was a leading way to poison and kill someone in some of your favorite old-time movies. POISON in your child’s food and formula. Let that sink in a bit… The contaminants mentioned above are linked to brain damage, reproductive harm, and cancer, according to studies from The Clean Label Project.
The Clean Label Project is the most comprehensive scientific investigation that shows the impact of food contaminants on our children during their most critical stage of development. The Clean Label Project goes beyond evaluating the ingredients posted on nutrition fact panels and dives deep into the ingredient list and their contaminants. They tested heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, mercury and lead), BPA/BPS, antibiotic residues, pesticide residues, mycotoxins, melamine, and acrylamide. These contaminants have been linked to cancers, memory loss, brain damage, and reproductive harm.
- Over 50 percent of infant formulas contained some arsenic
- Soy-based infant formula contained on average seven times more cadmium than
- Over 25 percent of baby food samples had detectable levels of lead
- Over 50 percent of the products labeled “BPA free” tested positive for BPA
- Some products labeled “certified organic” actually had higher amounts of
mercury and lead than conventional baby foods, although the organic baby foods
had fewer pesticides
- Rice-based “puff” snacks had on average over 5 times as much arsenic as other
To find out more information, visit The Clean Label Project website where you will have access to these reports and findings.