|Oh, Baby: There May Be Arsenic in Your Formula
We cut funding to Â regulatory agencies that are supposed to keep our foods and drugs safe.
|BRYAN WALSH – Time|
|No surprise here: arsenic is not good for you. In high doses, of course, itâ€™s a deadly poison, but even at lower levels, exposure to arsenic can raise the risks of cancer and heart disease. Itâ€™s especially dangerous for young children in whom chronic arsenic exposure has been linked to lower IQ and poor intellectual function. And because arsenic can occur naturally in groundwater – where it can poison people via drinking water or through food grown in arsenic-contaminated soil – it can be difficult to avoid.
Thatâ€™s why a new study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives indicating that organic brown-rice syrup – a sweetener used in many organic and gluten-free foods, including baby formula – can be a source of arsenic is so worrying. Researchers from Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School looked at foods that use organic brown-rice syrup and found evidence that some baby formulas, …