Are you feeding your baby arsenic? Arsenic is a dead poison in high doses. Exposure to arsenic can also lead to cancer, heart disease, and developmental issues. The toxic element has been found in foods listing organic brown rice syrup as a primary ingredient. Organic brown rice syrup is a sweetener used in many organic and gluten-free foods, including baby formula.
Researchers from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School looked at foods that use organic brown-rice syrup. The researchers tested 17 infant formulas, 29 cereal bars and three types of energy shot drinks. Two infant formulas one dairy based and the other soy based, listed organic brown rice syrup as their primary ingredient. They both contained arsenic levels 20 times higher than the other formulas made without organic brown rice syrup.
There are currently no U.S. regulatory limits for arsenic in food, which means there’s little to prevent consumers, and especially children, from being dosed with potentially harmful levels of the chemical.
Long story short, if you are concerned about arsenic in your baby formula, do not feed your infant formula with organic brown rice syrup listed as a main ingredient.
For more information on this story see the report from CBS News.