17 Feb '12, 8pm

Does your organic baby formula contain arsenic?

Does your organic baby formula contain arsenic?

Certain plants are prone to "take up" certain minerals or heavy metals. For example, the tea plant is prone to take up fluoride. Rice is prone to take up arsenic, so if it is grown in soil that contains higher amounts of arsenic, it will also contain higher amounts of arsenic. For that reason, where the rice is grown will greatly affect how much arsenic it contains. In areas that used arsenic based pesticides in the past, current rice crops contain more arsenic. In one study, one organic brown rice grown in California ranked lowest in arsenic levels. Organic rice, however, can contain arsenic. It all depends on how much arsenic is present in the soil. Brown rice syrup, a concentrated rice product, is often used as an alternative sweetener in organic baked goods, bars, cereals, and baby or toddler formulas. Unfortunately, it could be adding higher amounts of arsenic to orga...

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