You may have seen the February 2021 Congressional Report stating there are toxic metals in commercial baby. It definitely made me stop in my tracks when I first learned about this. Interestingly enough, toxic heavy metals in baby food in not new news. (Yes, even the organic baby foods!) So what does all this even mean? Are you now making all your own baby food? Before you toss all your jarred baby food and start on your home garden, take a listen to today’s podcast.
In this episode of Yoga|Birth|Babies, I speak with Malina Linkas Malkani, MS, RDN, CDN, Registered Dietitian. Malina breaks down the recent report, explains side effects to this exposure, and practical ways to reduce baby’s exposure to contaminants. She also shares ideas for baby’s first foods, there are so many more options than rice cereal!
In this episode, you will learn:
- Learn about Malina and what drew her to becoming a dietitian.
- Toxic metal in commercial baby food, how is this even possible?
- Which foods contain higher amounts of toxic metals than others?
- The side effects of to exposure to heavy metals.
- Practical ways to reduce baby’s exposure to contaminants that are everywhere in the food supply.
- Is there a difference between organic or conventional baby food?
- For those families who enjoy rice, ways to reduce the arsenic content.
- Is rice cereal the best option for baby’s first food?
- Suggestions for baby’s first food.
- Signs of readiness for baby’s first foods.
- Are there any foods people should AVOID when starting foods?
- A list of iron rich foods.
- One tip/piece of advice for new or expectant parents.
- Where to find Malina’s work!
(ps… If you stay until the very end of the podcast, you can hear about what happens when you put dish soap in a dishwasher! Fun tales from Malina and Deb’s past!)
Malina Malkani, MS, RDN, CDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist, author, single mom of three, and trusted nutrition expert in local and national media outlets and publications including U.S. News and World Report, Sirius XM Doctor Radio, Newsweek, Well + Good, Health, Reader’s Digest, Insider, HuffPost, CNN, and Food Network. She runs the Instagram account, @healthy.mom.healthy.kids, and owns a nutrition lifestyle company and private practice (MalinaMalkani.com), dedicated to helping parents end food drama, raise healthy, intuitive eaters, eat well themselves, and serve their families a mostly plant-based, nutrient-dense, whole-food diet (that they will actually eat). Malina is the author of the book, Simple and Safe Baby-Led Weaning: How to Integrate Foods, Manage Portion Sizes and Identify Allergies and the creator of an online course for parents called, Solve Picky Eating. A former national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, she completed her undergraduate degrees at Northwestern University and master’s degree in clinical nutrition at New York University.
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