The chemicals found in baby food – arsenic, lead, cadmium, and mercury – are neurotoxins that can permanently alter the developing brain, erode IQ, and cause behavioral problems.
Our 2019 study found that 95% of baby foods tested were contaminated with toxic heavy metals, starting a national conversation about the need for urgent FDA action and sparking questions about homemade baby food as a safer alternative.
Questions about baby food safety continued when a 2021 Congressional investigation found baby foods to be tainted with “dangerous levels” of toxic heavy metals like lead and arsenic, giving parents one more reason to steer clear of the baby food aisle.
Even in the trace amounts found in food, these contaminants can alter the developing brain and erode a child’s IQ. The impacts add up with each meal or snack a baby eats.Our most recent study, designed to find out if DIY baby food avoids heavy metals, tested 288 foods and examined 7,000+ additional food testing data from published studies.
The troubling answer? Both were contaminated: 94% of both baby foods and homemade and “family” brands tested were contaminated with one or more of four toxic heavy metals. Heavy metal levels varied widely by food type, not by who made the food.