Many people are already aware that commercial baby food can contain unwanted additives. But here is another reason to encourage new parents to make their own baby food from fresh, whole (and organic when possible) ingredients: A new study has discovered that approximately 95 percent of baby food products contain traces of heavy metals, including arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.
The study, conducted by the nonprofit organization Healthy Babies Bright Futures, reported that in single containers of baby food, 94 percent contained lead, 75 percent contained cadmium, 73 percent contained arsenic and 32 percent had mercury. The study said 26 percent of products tested contained all four metals and 40 percent contained at least three of the metals. Heavy metals are a source of neuro-developmental harm.