5. Heavy metals – What are they?
Heavy metals sound like a heavy topic, especially when balancing them in baby’s diet. Excessive amounts of heavy metals can be toxic to the developing brain and nervous system. In the long run, it could affect children’s learning abilities and attention span leading to lower academic achievements, permanent loss of IQ and behavioural problems (such as ADHD).
However, heavy metals can be found in many Asians’ daily intake since it is found predominantly in rice-based foods and root vegetables. Going organic may not be the solution as it does not address these heavy metals contaminants. So, how can we reduce a baby’s intake of heavy metals?
The latest research has shown that the leading source of heavy metal exposure is in rice- and root vegetable-based products. ELFA’s menu replaced rice-based staple food with other grain cereals such as oatmeal, quinoa and multigrain. The nutrition intake will not be compromised, and they are found to contain much lesser heavy metals than rice.
Root vegetables, despite the high heavy metal levels, provide other essential nutrients too. Instead of eliminating them from your child’s diet, mix in a variety of root vegetables and include other forms of vegetables such as cauliflower, pumpkin and broccoli.
In conclusion, feed in moderation and provide various nutritious food for your child’s balanced diet and healthier growth! If you are concerned about how the preschool can help, why not speak to ELFA to find out more!