When you serve your baby solid foods can increase their chances of contracting type 1 diabetes, study finds. (iStockPhoto)

The last thing you want to hear when you’ve already been up all night caring for a baby, buffeted by the emotional turmoil of nursing and teething and sleep deprivation, is that the food you’re feeding the infant may well be unsafe. There may be lurking dangers in those mushed up carrots and peas.

Unfortunately, about 20 percent of baby food samples tested over a decade-long period had detectable levels of lead, according to a new report from Environmental Defense Fund, a nonprofit group. It’s enough to make a mommy want to cry.

The group evaluated data collected by the Food and Drug Administration from 2003 to 2013, as NPR reported. This included 2,164 baby food samples. They found 89 percent of grape juice samples, 86 percent of sweet potatoes samples and 47 percent of teething biscuits samples contained detectable levels of lead.

When you serve your baby solid foods it can increase their chances of contracting type 1 diabetes, study finds. (iStockPhoto)

“The levels we found were relatively low, but when you add them up — with all the foods children eat … it’s significant,” says study author Tom Neltner of the Environmental Defense Fund.

It should be noted that none of …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

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