Pediatricians and public health researchers know perfectly well the danger of lead exposure from paint chips and contaminated drinking water.
A new report caused a real cause for concern as the quality of baby food is now questionable. The Environmental Defense Fund collected data from 11 years of research and detected 20% of 2,164 baby food samples. This toxic metal was found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots. It was also found in cookies such as teething biscuits.
According to Dr. Aparna Bole, an experienced pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, lead can seriously affect the child’s development. To be more precise, this harmful metal affects children’s focus and behavior, cognitive skills, the cardiovascular system, and the immune system.
The food samples were not identified by brand, and the levels of lead were pretty low. However, lead affects your health even in small amounts.
The Environmental Protection Agency released a report that over 5% of children consume more than 6 micrograms of lead per day. In this report, it was also revealed that food in general, is one of the major sources of lead. In fact, it is the main source of lead exposure in two-thirds of toddlers. These findings prompted the organization to analyze data for specific sources of lead.
The FDA reports that lead can get into food through contaminated soil. But, Tom Neltner, the Environmental Defense Fund’s chemicals policy director, is convinced that processing is also a huge factor. The Environmental Defense Fund points out that this issue requires further examination. The maximum levels of lead allowed in bottled water is 5 ppb (parts by billion). The Consumer Reports found that 1 in 4 samples of apple and grape juices had lead levels which exceeded the FDA’s limit.
Currently, the FDA is taking measures on limiting the amount of lead even more. This is especially applied to foods which are typically consumed by infants, toddlers, and children.