Arsenic In Rice Baby Cereal?
A study in JAMA Pediatrics found that babies in New Hampshire, who ate baby rice cereal have much higher levels of Arsenic in their urine compared to babies who didn’t eat rice foods.
Arsenic is a metal in the ground and can be found in plants. Plants grown in areas with high Arsenic would contain more of that metal than plants grown on low Arsenic soils. Arsenic is a toxin, similar to Lead.
If you want to avoid the risk of your baby getting Arsenic from rice cereal, then you can switch to oatmeal or barley baby cereals. This is a single study and more information is needed.
The FDA has recently reported that 47% of rice products do not meet the recommended levels of Arsenic.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving babies less rice cereal and more of other grains sucha as oatmeal and barley cereals.