Have you heard the recent rumblings about dangerous chemicals in the food you feed your children?
In response to an investigation regarding the arsenic content of rice and rice products, conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, the American Academy of Pediatrics is offering guidance to families concerned about the impact of such exposure to their children's health.
The AAP advises that parents offer their children a wide variety of foods, including other grains such as oats, wheat and barley, which will decrease their child's exposure to arsenic from rice.
Parents commonly feed infants rice cereal as a first food, but other foods are equally acceptable.
For instance, finely chopped meat provides a source of iron. Cereals made from other grains may be given first, or vegetable purees.
For older children, the advice is the same: a varied diet will decrease a child's exposure to environmental toxins in any one food, while providing a wide variety of nutrients.
The AAP will work with the FDA and other federal agencies to limit the use of arsenic and will participate in discussions about decreasing arsenic exposure through food and beverages.
Dr. Clara Filice, MD, joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss the ways in which you can reduce your child's exposure to chemicals in their food. If you're a parent who has questions about your child's nutrition, and the safety of certain foods, you should not miss this segment.