A horrifying new study from The Clean Label Project reveals that popular baby food and infant formula brands are hiding a terrifying secret- nearly 80% of formula samples tested positive for arsenic! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
The Clean Label project collected samples from over 500 baby food products and infant formulas, spanning 60 brands including “hospital recommended” brands like Enfamil and Gerber. The findings, published on their website, reveal starting results.
In addition to 80% of formula samples testing positive for arsenic, the overall test results of all baby food products was equally shocking. 65% of the baby food products tested contained arsenic, 36% had lead, 58% contained cadmium (a carcinogenic chemical commonly found in batteries), and 10% contained acrylamides (a chemical created during manufacturing that is linked to brain damage, cancer and reproductive harm.)
Most shocking of all, “Certified Organic” baby food products tested had over 2 TIMES the arsenic compared to conventional baby food products tested, and 60% of products claiming to be “BPA FREE” actually tested positive for arsenic.
Arsenic is a known carcinogen in lung, skin, liver, bladder, and kidney, with evidence suggesting that lung cancer is the most common cause of arsenic-related mortality. Skin cancer has also long been associated with chronic arsenic exposure. Additionally, Significant neurological impairments are evident in children and adults who exhibit impaired cognitive abilities and motor functions after arsenic exposure. Arsenic is also significantly associated with increased infant morbidity from infectious diseases.
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought lead exposure to the forefront of mainstream media, but in case you didn’t know, lead is EXTREMELY toxic- ESPECIALLY to children. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that “young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and can suffer profound and permanent adverse health effects, particularly affecting the development of the brain and nervous system. Lead also causes long-term harm in adults, including increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage. Exposure of pregnant women to high levels of lead can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight, as well as minor malformations.”
Exposure to cadmium can lead to a variety of adverse health effects including cancer. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), chronic exposure (low level over an extended period of time) can result in kidney, bone and lung disease (and that’s for adults!)
So what’s a parent to do and what baby food products are safest to buy for infants, toddlers and young children? Start with buying products that are clear of these toxic chemicals. The Clean Label Project gives their recommendation for the Top 5 and Worst 5 infant formulas (*Disclaimer* March Against Monsanto strongly recommends choosing an organic option. If it’s not organic, it’s likely that GMO corn and/or soy is used to make the formula):
Top Five Infant Formulas
- Baby’s OnlyDairy Organic Non-GMO Toddler Formula
- EnfamilEnspire Milk Based Powder Infant Formula with Iron
- EnfamilGentlease Milk-based with Iron Ready to Use Infant Formula
- SimilacAlimentum Hypoallergenic Ready to Feed Infant Formula with Iron
- SimilacPro-Advance-OptiGro Milk Based Ready to Feed Infant Formula with Iron
Bottom Five Infant Formulas
- Peaceful Planet Toddler Supreme Natural Vanilla Organically Grown Rice Dietary Supplement
- Abbott EleCare Hypoallergenic Amino Acid Based Powder infant Formula with Iron
- Enfamil Reguline Milk-based Powder with Iron Infant Formula
- Happy Tot Grow & Shine Organic Toddler Milk Drink
- Comforts for Toddler Stage 2 – Toddler Beginnings Milk Based Powder Infant Formula with Iron