If you’re a mom of an infant, you probably feed that infant rice cereal at least once a day if not three times a day (like a lot of moms do when their babies start solid foods). Well according to studies that were reported this morning on the today show, there are “WORRISOME” levels of arsenic in rice foods. That includes foods for adults too. However I don’t think it’s as alarming for adults because we don’t eat rice once a day (at least I don’t know anyone that eats rice that much) much less three times a day….but our babies do!!!
I plan to talk to my pediatrician about it to get his thoughts, but in the meantime, I will not feed Carter the Gerber Single Grain Rice Cereal. Lately we’ve been feeding him the Gerber Oatmeal and I looked at the ingredients this morning and didn’t see any rice flour as an ingredient. But if someone knows anything else about the oatmeal, definitely let me know. Arsenic has always been found in foods and water but there are FDA regulations for the amount that can be in foods and water for it to be on the market. There are NO regulations for rice, however. I copied the video from the today show segment and put it below. Watch for yourselves and do what you want for your household. I just wanted to make sure to spread the word and ensure that people are aware of the issue!
Special thanks to my sister, Lindsey, for the heads up on this topic!