By: Rebecca Kubenk IBCLC
Babies who eat rice cereal have an increased risk of Type one Diabetes.
Rice cereal increases a baby’s insulin levels
White rice cereal contains 94% starch.
Brown rice cereal contains 75% starch.
If you take away the iron in the cereal it’s just starch.
Rice cereal contains 5 times the amount of arsenic than oatmeal.
Rice and rice products contain Arsenic, which is a known poison and Group 1 carcinogen and can set children up for health problems later in life.
Vitamins & fortified iron which have been added to processed baby cereals can be obtained from natural sources by offering fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables as a first food provides a range of nutritional benefits both in the short and longer term
Several decades ago, baby food manufacturing companies began producing rice cereal for infants, due to the initial lack of iron in artificially manufactured baby milks. There was also little known information about the effects of offering these cereals to an infant, and many parents began offering rice cereal from a very early age, which has now been found to be detrimental to their child’s health.
Offering rice cereal before 6 months of age, will be replacing the
baby’s much needed nutrient dense calories found in breastmilk.
Reference: Early Infant Feeding and Risk of Developing Type 1 Diabetes–Associated Autoantibodies, JAMA October 2003
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