The human body only needs small amounts of certain metals, such as iron or zinc, to function correctly. But cadmium, arsenic, lead, and mercury can be harmful if consumed in excess. Most likely, you have heard that drinking water can contain lead, and in small amounts, toxic elements are not dangerous for adults.
More worrying is that they can also be found in baby food because babies are much more sensitive to harmful substances. If a young child gets heavy metals in food, it can cause a number of health problems.
Intake foods with toxic elements can have long-term consequences because these elements accumulate in the kidneys and other internal organs.
Heavy metals in baby food
Based on studies, all of the metals, not including mercury, have been found to be carcinogenic to humans. Although many of these substances are now banned in agriculture, their frequent use as pesticides in the last century means that they still remain in the soil and groundwater and, even decades later, in our vegetables, fruits, and grains.
All four metals noted above can harm the nervous system and pose a severe threat to proper brain development in a child. Among other things, the effects of these heavy metals can cause decreased IQ.
How do toxic elements get into food?
They are found in soil and water, so many crops accumulate them as they grow. They can also be found in fertilizers. If we are talking about industrially produced food, toxic elements can get into the food during harvesting, processing, and packaging.
One of the most dangerous foods for children is fruit juices and rice-based dishes, such as rice cereals or puffed snacks. The reason is that this cereal is an excellent absorbent, especially effectively absorbing arsenic, which is widely used as a pesticide in agriculture.
With the great variety of baby food on supermarket shelves, today’s parents increasingly prefer organic products for their children. Organic foods contain significantly less pesticide residue than conventional foods.
How to provide a safe and balanced diet for your kids?
Organic foods are grown without artificial pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides. Products grown on pesticides are far from being harmless to human health. It has been found that some young children (under 2 years of age) can be 26-50 times more sensitive to the effects of pesticides than others and 65-130 times more sensitive than adults.
Since childhood, children exposed to poor-quality products are susceptible to various diseases, such as allergies and asthma. And numerous scientific studies indicate a deficiency of micro/macronutrients, that is, a lack of essential vitamins and minerals required for the child’s normal growth and development. These are vitamins A, B, C, and D, calcium, folic acid, iodine, iron, selenium, zinc.
Ready-made food should also contain no harmful ingredients: dyes, preservatives, flavorings, and any other unnatural additives. The finished product must contain at least 95% organic ingredients in order for it to receive the appropriate label. Organic products undergo strict quality control. Authorized bodies conduct many inspections, according to the results of which the manufacturer receives a certificate for its products.
Many people think of healthy foods as tasteless and boring, but this is absolutely not the case! Your child is sure to love the variety because organic baby food uses apples, pears, strawberries, cereals, and many other ingredients. A healthy and balanced diet is very important for your child’s full development and well-being.