How safe is your baby’s food? Find out below which baby food products are the best!
As parents, we all try to do the best we can.
And when it comes to feeding them, I think most of us are at least somewhat concerned about what we are introducing into their little bodies.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best at feeding organic, no-sugar food to my kids. I’ve tried…and failed. But that’s okay.
However, I do think that knowledge is power, and that it’s important to at least be aware of what we are giving our children – especially as their guts are just developing.
I was really excited when the Clean Label Project approached me about spreading their mission. It’s a nonprofit that recently released a data analysis of potentially harmful contaminants that are being found in common baby and toddler foods.
What was crazy to me was that just 19 percent of the tested products met or exceeded the standards created by the CLP’s Medical Advisory Board. Isn’t that sad? It makes me wonder why food that is being given to some of the most vulnerable isn’t better regulated.
Now, I’m not sharing this information to make any parent feel bad. I think most of us are just doing the best we can. However, CLP has made it easy to see what baby foods and formulas are safe from harmful contaminants – and the good news? It’s not just a crazy, expensive brand! In fact, CLP found that price did not indicate purity.
Before I share the list, I thought I’d share of the findings that I found particularly interesting from a recent press release:
- Only one toddler snack made the list, largely due to arsenic levels in rice-based snacks.
- 80 percent of infant formulas and 60 percent of meat and dairy baby food jars tested contained detectable antibiotic residues.
- 33 percent of jars and meals tested had detectable pesticide residues.
- 15 percent of all products tested exceeded the FDA/EPA drinking water limit for arsenic, some by at least 20 times as much.
- Heavy metal impurities were found in both organic and non-organic products. Organic certification regulates the food production process, not finished products. CLP tested finished products off grocery store shelves for 130 contaminants, including heavy metals.
- Price is not an indication of purity.
Kind of crazy right? The Clean Label Project is the first of its kind to provide consumers with this kind of information to help them choose the purest foods for their family. They aren’t doing this to make anyone feel bad or guilty – they just want people to be informed.
Trust me, if it was clearly labeled on a product that it was free of heavy metals, pesticides, and BPA, I would be far more likely to buy it. But as things currently stand, when you go the store, you can’t tell just by looking at the jar!
The CLP Magnified List, Baby Food is the first list to be released by CLP, but they plan to do more independent testing of other products. I love what they are doing – it makes it a lot easier for a busy mom to know the best products for her kiddos.
And without further waiting – you can check out the full list of safe foods here. It features formula, jarred baby food, food pouches, cereals/snacks, and drinks. It’s kind of sad to see that there are only two items under snacks and cereals listed!
I was very pleased to see that common brands like Gerber, Up and Up, and even the Babies R Us brand had safe products available. These are very affordable brands, which goes to show that you don’t have to take out a second mortgage to feed your kids the best.
I hope that you’ve found this information as interesting as I have. As I’ve said before, knowledge is power!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Clean Label Project . The opinions and text are all mine.