That’s because babies’ vulnerable bodies and brains are far more sensitive to harmful metals and chemicals. (1) Even slight exposure in the first 1,000 days of life can have long lasting effects for years to come. That’s why — like you — we’ve been deeply disturbed by recent reports about high levels of harmful metals in some of the most popular brands of packaged baby food.
At Yumi, we partner with trusted farms who are USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and follow rigorous food safety testing, including regular checks for heavy metals. We carefully choose our ingredients, avoiding some, such as brown rice, which is known to be high in arsenic.
These days, the words “organic” and “healthy” are often used interchangeably. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. Just because a product is organic, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good for you or even free of heavy metals. Many heavy metals still make their way to plants even in organic soil. That’s because contaminated water run-off, not pesticides, are the common cause of metal in soil.
Contaminants on the other hand are caused by contaminated cooking water, metals used in the food processing equipment, over-processing and overheating certain foods.
Heavy metals occur naturally in soil, in fact, the USDA measures soil for mineral levels yearly. However, things go awry when food comes into contact with water run-off or soil contaminated through farming or industrial manufacturing practices. Learn more about heavy metals and where they come from.
Even small amounts of lead, can cause learning and behavioral problems. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, it can cause lasting problems with growth and development including, lower IQ, Autism, ADHD, hearing problems and Anemia. (2)
These foods help block or transport heavy metals out of the body.
Japanese sweet potatoes have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which allow them to bind heavy metals in the digestive tract. This prevents them from entering your babe's bloodstream. (8)
Calcium rich foods help block lead absorption and foods rich in B12 help block arsenic absorption. Some of our favorite plant-based options for calcium are broccoli, kale, chia seeds and beans. B12 is hard to find but our favorite source is nutritional yeast.
Soy based infant formulas have on average 7x more Cadmium than other formulas. (10)
Rice cereals are common first foods, but brown rice is one of the highest forms of arsenic we come in contact with in food. (5)
Glyphosate, an active ingredient in weed killer, was found in 96% of conventionally grown oats and in 30% of organically grown oats. (9)