A baby is the ultimate symbol of innocence – unfortunately, the same baby is the incarnation of helplessness. Your baby depends on you for all his or her needs – from keeping them clean and hygienic, to giving them enough mental stimuli to learn and most importantly to give them food to grow. But what if we told you that could be giving them a chemical with their food that just raises the risk of your little one developing cancer?

Baby FoodsAdd a few more years to the equation, and you have a toddler or even a slightly older kid in love with crisps. Those and even the daily morning cereal could contain the same chemicals! Appalling you say? How is that even possible, doesn’t the FDA or some such organization screen all the food?

Let’s decode the truth…

According to a recent Daily Mail post, it has apparently been uncovered that a few brands of crisps, cereals and baby foods contain worryingly high levels of such chemicals that have been time and again linked to the development of cancerous growths in the human body. Let’s look a little into….

The chemical

The chemical in question is called Acrylamide and it is seen to develop during the process of cooking. Usually when food is cooked at a high temperature, it tends to get crunchy and brown due to something called the Maillard reaction. Unfortunately, this same reaction also produces Acrylamide.

The chemical in question is normally used in paper making, polymer making, water treatment and also in the production if sealants. Naturally, then, it is an industrial grade chemical that actually has no place in food at all – let alone baby food! So what happened?

The test results

The test was conducted by the FSA (Food Standards Agency) in 2013 and it showed that foods, including fried potato snacks like crisps were starting to show alarmingly high levels of the said chemical. And what is more scaring is the group of brands that have come under the scanner. Among baby foods, some of the big names seem to be condemned, and this includes –

• Heinz breakfast banana multigrain for babies

• Sunny Start baby wheat flakes and

• Apple rice cakes from Organix

If you have indeed been giving your child any of these, now would be a good time to stop. In fact, here is a table that gives you a rough idea of the tested brands and what that brands are best avoided:

baby food brands

Now let’s look a little deeper into…

The risks of the find

The food that has tested positive is found to contain inadmissible levels of acrylamide. Now in clinical studies, this chemical is shown to cause cancer in animals. But what happens when you ingest this as part of your diet?

As explained by Dr. Diane Benford, a specialist at the FSA, the human body ingests the acrylamide and breaks it down. During the breakdown, another chemical is formed. This one is called Glycidamide. Glycidamide is also the chemical that was seen to be formed in other animals. While small amounts of this does not affect the body all that much, in certain consolidated amounts, this chemical is seen to trigger the mutation of genes. Gene mutation gives rise to cancer. The same glycidamine also contributes to the growth of cancerous tumors. So in every way, it contributes to the cancer risk.

Now why would you want to do this to your child? Your child’s body is much more fragile and much smaller than yours. So do not subject it to such a risk. Instead, switch to a safer brand and rest assured. Both you and your baby deserves it!

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