You are what you eat is what parents told their children when I was a kid and it’s still true. Our children are what we feed them, so like most parents today we want to feed our kids the best. My parent friends and I are always discussing the newest children’s nutrition cookbooks and food theories. We post links on different studies on our social media walls. We share news articles through text messages. There is just so much information out there, and quite a bit of false and old information.
There is hope moms and dads! There is a new tool out there for us to learn more about what we feed our babies.
This tool is based off the Clean Label Project Baby Food Study. This study found so many scary highlights.
- Over 50 percent of infant formulas contained some arsenic
- Soy-based infant formula contained on average seven times more cadmium than other formulas
- Over 25 percent of baby food samples had detectable levels of lead
- Over 50 percent of the products labeled “BPA free” tested positive for BPA
- Some products labeled “certified organic” actually had higher amounts of mercury and lead than conventional baby foods, although the organic baby foods had fewer pesticides
- Rice-based “puff” snacks had on average over 5 times as much arsenic as other baby snacks
“The Clean Label Project Baby Food Study is the most comprehensive scientific investigation ever completed on the foods that impact our nation’s most vulnerable population—young children—at the most critical stage of their development. The study goes well beyond evaluating the ingredients posted on nutritional facts panels and ingredient lists to examine the impact of 130+ industrial and environmental contaminants on nearly 500 worth of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data found lead in 20% of baby food samples, infant formulas and baby food products. In all, the organization benchmarked more than 100,000 data points and found that over 25 percent of all products tested exceeded at least one state or federal guideline for contaminants. Infant formulas and baby food samples for the study were purchased in grocery stores across America within the past six months.”
The project has compiled all of their findings on a website with an easy search feature. I used it today at the grocery store while I was reading the nutrition tables for juice. The nutritional label only gives you half the story, this website gives you the rest. It has tested for heavy metals and so many contaminants. One day this may be on the labels of your babies food, but until then we have this wonderful website. To make the findings as accessible and understandable as possible to busy parents juggling multiple kids (like me), the Clean Label Project website features a 5-star rating system that names each product tested and shows how contaminated it is compared to the other products in the study. You can easily see which products are the highest and lowest rated — there is also a report card rating each brand, based on their products as a whole.
“Lead, arsenic, mercury, BPA and acrylamide are among the contaminants found in many of the best-selling infant formulas and baby foods, according to a study released today by the Clean Label Project. All of these contaminants can be harmful to health — with many linked to brain damage, reproductive harm and cancer. A study released by the Environmental Defense Fund in June 2017 analyzing a decade’s Clean Label Project found almost twice those levels.”
The study results are now available to the public on CleanLabelProject.org.
We’re not telling parents to stop feeding their children the products on supermarket shelves,” concluded Clean Label Project’s Bowen. “We’re providing a resource and encouraging parents to use our research to look beyond the labels, because the difference from one product to the next could make a real impact on your child’s long-term health.”
This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Clean Label Project. I received compensation for my participation, but my review and opinions are my own.