This just in: 20 percent of baby food contains lead.
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)—a nonprofit that uses science and economics to solve climate and health problems—tested 57 types of baby food and juices and found 52 of them had lead in at least one sample. You won’t find baby food brands or specific lead levels in the new report; the EDF simply tested to see if lead was present. But they are revealing certain foods are worse than others.
Which foods and juices are most likely to contain lead?
- 89 percent of grape juices
- 67 percent of mixed fruit juices
- 55 percent of apple juices
- 45 percent of pear juices
- 65 percent of root vegetable baby foods
- 47 percent of crackers and cookies
- 29 percent of fruits
- 4 percent of cereals
Where is the lead coming from?
The EDF says it could come from the soil in which the food was grown or from food processing, but indicates more research is needed.
Should you make your own baby food?
“It’s unclear where the lead is coming from and how it got into the food; if it was in the soil where the food was grown, it won’t make a difference if you buy it or make it yourself,” AAP spokesperson Dina DiMaggio, MD, tells The Bump.
Rather than recommending that parents avoid anything specific, the AAP is urging them to introduce a variety of foods into baby’s diet. Different fruits and vegetables will minimize the risk from any single food.
The AAP also encourages parents to stick to recommended serving sizes. This holds true for…