In an interesting cascade of events that led to this revelation, if you are feeding your babies store bought baby food you can either be ushering them in to diabetes, cancer pathologies, or arsenic poisoning.
The University of Washington performed a study that tested 56 wines, mostly red, from America’s top four win-producing states; California, Washington, New York and Oregon.
Where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows drinking water to contain no more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic, the wines in this study ranged from 10 to 76 parts per billion, averaging at 24 parts per billion- over double allowable levels of water. Washington wines had the highest arsenic concentrations, averaging 28 parts per billion, while Oregon’s had the lowest, and averaging 13 parts per billion.
Although, the researchers recognized that the average adult drinks far more water (between 1.7 and 3.2 cups per day) than even core or frequent wine drinkers (roughly a half cup per day on average), it’s an imperfect comparison to gauge health risks based on the EPA drinking water standard of 10 parts per billion.
This lead UW electrical engineering professor Denise Wilson to evaluate how much arsenic can safely be consumed from all the sources of a persons diet.
In a companion study, she compiled consumption data for foods that have been shown to contain arsenic — juice, milk, bottled water, wine, cereal bars, infant formula, rice, salmon and tuna.
From that, she was able to determine how much of an arsenic “dose” an average child or adult would get from each food source and how close it would come to risk thresholds set by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry for total arsenic consumption across a person’s diet.
Wilson found that if a person eats large quantities of contaminated rice, tuna or energy bars, this could push that individual’s arsenic consumption beyond levels that are considered safe.
A person who eats an average or large amount of contaminated rice would get between 41 and 101 percent of the maximum recommended daily dose of arsenic from that one source alone, the study found. A child who drinks apple juice could get a quarter of the maximum daily arsenic dose from that single source.
What’s really alarming is that the food that posed the largest risk of arsenic poisoning was infant formula made with organic brown rice syrup, an alternative to high-fructose corn syrup. Wilson estimated that some infants eating large amounts of certain formulas may be getting more than 10 times the daily maximum dose of arsenic.
Why Childrens Formula Needs to Be Re-Formulated
High fructose corn syrup is not the answer either. High fructose corn syrup is a cheap sweetener used by the food industry in all types of foods from soda pop to sauces and flavorings.
Because of the health challenges that corn syrup has creates, many healthcare professionals and advocacy groups are warning people to limit and even avoid consumption.
You might have heard TV ads in support of HFCS, where they say “The Body Can’t Tell The Difference”.
The problem is- it acts differently within the body, weather the body knows it or not.
Research shows that high-fructose corn syrup changes human metabolism, and is actually metabolized much differently than other sugars. HFCS is a highly processed product that contains nearly the same amount of fructose and glucose. Sucrose, however, is a larger sugar molecule that is metabolized into glucose and fructose in your intestine. High-fructose corn syrup metabolizes to fat in your body much faster than other sugars, resulting in increased fat gain.
Researchers from UC Davis reported:
“…Over 10 weeks, 16 volunteers on a strictly controlled diet, including high levels of fructose, produced new fat cells around their heart, liver and other digestive organs. They also showed signs of food-processing abnormalities linked to diabetes and heart disease. Another group of volunteers on the same diet, but with glucose sugar replacing fructose, did not have these problems”.
Further showing how the human metabolism is damaged, one stud from the Journal of Clinical Investigation reported:
“To assess the relative effects of these dietary sugars during sustained consumption in humans, overweight and obese subjects consumed glucose- or fructose-sweetened beverages providing 25% of energy requirements for 10 weeks. Although both groups exhibited similar weight gain during the intervention, visceral adipose volume was significantly increased only in subjects consuming fructose…and [fructose-sweetened beverages] decreases insulin sensitivity in overweight humans.”
This shows the great need for better options for growing children and babies, and not to run on “blind faith” that what’s in that jar of baby formula, is nutritious and fortifying for your child.