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ABC - Arsenic in Baby Cereal?

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Some of the most common snacks for babies are rice based. That's because it's mild in flavor and easy for tiny tummies to digest. But, rice is also one of the foods that has the highest concentration of arsenic. This just has to do with the way that rice grows - it's really good at absorbing arsenic from the environment around it - but there should be other options for baby food.

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Science

Here’s the Deal with Heavy Metals

… and nope, we aren't talking Metallica, Megadeath or Black Sabbath

While we love a good jam sesh every now and again, over at Because Health when we talk heavy metal, we're getting our periodic tables out, pulling on the lab coats, and talking about elements like arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium. Although these are naturally occurring elements, scientists have learned that they can cause some pretty negative health effects.

Side note, not all metals are bad for humans. In fact, there are even some that we need in order to stay healthy, like iron, zinc, and magnesium. So, just because it sounds like a metal it doesn't mean it's dangerous. You just have to be careful about some of them. But have no fear, we lay out the big names to stay away from here.

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