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New report finds 95 percent baby food tested contains toxic chemicals that harm kid’s brains *

The chemicals found in baby food – arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury – are neurotoxins that can permanently harm the developing brain, lower IQ, and affect behavior.

Here are some tips to protect your family:

1) SNACKS: Puffs and other snacks made with rice flour are high in arsenic. Choose rice-free packaged snacks. Better yet, try these healthy snacks with fewer chemicals: apples, applesauce (unsweetened), bananas, barley with diced vegetables, beans, cheese, grapes (cut lengthwise), hard-boiled eggs, peaches, and yogurt.

2) CEREAL: Infant rice cereal is the #1 source of arsenic in infant’s diets. Choose other cereals that are naturally low in arsenic, like oatmeal and multi-grain.

3) TEETHING FOODS: Teething biscuits often contain arsenic, lead, and cadmium. They also lack nutrients and can cause tooth decay. Instead, try frozen banana, a peeled and chilled cucumber, or a clean, cold wet washcloth or spoon. Stay with your baby to watch for any choking.

4) DRINKS: Apple, pear, grape and other fruit juices have lead and arsenic. Tap water and milk are better drinks for thirsty toddlers. Serve whole or pureed fruits (like applesauce) instead of fruit juice, for more healthy fiber and nutrients. Doctors advise avoiding fruit juice during a baby’s first year.

5) FRUITS & VEGGIES: Carrots and sweet potatoes are a great source of Vitamin A & other nutrients, but they are also high in lead and cadmium. Variety is the solution: give your baby these plus other fruits & veggies during the week.

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