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A recent study, published in the Environmental Health Perspectives, found high levels of arsenic in infant formula and cereal bars. The source of arsenic: organic brown rice syrup.
Some organic baby formulas use organic brown rice syrup in lieu of high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener and source of carbohydrate. Unfortunately, babies are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of arsenic. Currently, health experts do not know what levels are safe for infants.
Researchers from the study found an organic formula which uses organic brown rice syrup as its main ingredient had arsenic levels up to 6 times the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe limit for drinking water (10 parts per billion). ABC News found Baby’s Only Organic Dairy Toddler Formula and Baby’s Only Organic Soy Toddler Formula by Nature’s One as formulas which use organic brown rice syrup as their main ingredient. Nature’s One uses organic brown rice syrup as source of carbohydrates in their formula and released this statement in response to parental concern:
“Nature’s One’s California based supplier of U.S. grown organic brown rice syrup uses a qualified, world renowned, third-party, independent lab to test arsenic levels in their organic brown rice syrup. Their testing results report undetectable amounts of arsenic at laboratory testing limits. The Environmental Science & Technology extensively tested rice and found California organic brown rice to be the lowest for arsenic [Environ Health Perspective. 2007 June; 115(6): A296].
As an organic manufacturer, Nature’s One’s primary concern is the amount of environmental chemicals ingested by infants, toddlers and children. Parents can rest assured that Nature’s One will test arsenic levels for every lot of organic brown rice syrup and organic rice oligodextrin prior to production.”
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Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST