The Clean Label Project Purity Award- “evaluates products for chemicals of concern and industrial and environmental toxins and contaminants (like heavy metals, pesticide residues, and plasticizers) that have the long-term potential to adversely affect health and well-being.” (1)
With the recent reports on heavy metals being found in baby food, so many moms are concerned about what they are feeding their little ones!
So how do heavy metals make their way into food products❓
1️⃣Heavy metals can be found in soil, air, water, can be naturally occurring, or can be found simply through environmental contamination. Because of this, even organic food can contain heavy metals. According to Oregon State University, heavy metals from air pollution accumulates in the top 1-2 inches of soil.
2️⃣Another way heavy metals get into food is from the land that a farm sits on. For example, a newer farm can occupy the same land from an older farm. This can can result in residue from old pesticides, old farm equipment, or old structures with lead paint. When it rains, the metals run into the soil where they accumulate.
3️⃣Additionally, heavy metals are found naturally in the earth’s crust. This is why root vegetables are usually higher in metals than other vegetables.
So, how can you avoid these heavy metals❓
1️⃣It’s impossible to completely avoid heavy metals. Many fruits and vegetables contain them, but keep in mind fruits and vegetables are also full of vitamins and minerals that help nourish your little one!
2️⃣Eat a wide variety of foods and rotate the ones most likely to contain heavy metals (like root vegetables and rice).
3️⃣Look for companies that test their ingredients for heavy metals. Look for brands that have been given The Clean Label Project Purity Award (see image)
👉🏻And a little tidbit: Some of these “cleaner” baby foods are pricey. Organic food & the testing they require is costly. As a new mom, I would never have been able to afford them. So I made a lot of my own baby food to save on cost. The reusable pouches are such a great economical way to provide nourishing food to your child.
👉🏻And Once Upon a Farm does have some WIC approved items