Rice cereal and arsenic

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For anyone feeding their baby rice cereal, this is a headline that you don’t ever want to read. If your baby has been fed cereal in the past, this story is just as alarming. I think of rat poisoning when I think of arsenic. Or someone slipping it into a cup of tea or cocktail in an old spy movie where the heroine is trying to kill her husband so she can be with her adulterous lover – not in a bowl of infant cereal recommended by Health Canada to feed your baby.

While this headline has a new spin on it (European standards and levels), arsenic in infant rice cereal or rice isn’t a new concern. In 2017, an investigation by Healthy Babies Bright Futures reported the following findings:

  • There is 6x more arsenic in infant rice cereals than other types of infant cereals (including oatmeal and multi-grain).
  • Infant rice cereals brands tested that had arsenic in them: Gerber, Earth’s Best, BeechNut, BioKinetics, HappyBABY, and Healthy Times (which is organic)
  • The non-rice and multi grain cereals of the same brands had a much lower level of arsenic.

The new information that has come through CBC’s Marketplace brings the conversation to the forefront once again. While it’s making your head spin, I’m grateful for another chance to discuss this issue because there is no safe level of arsenic for your baby, or for you.

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Canada’s Food Guide 2019

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I’ve been geeking out this week about the new Canada Food Guide. When I sent a note to Jerry Agar’s producer about doing a segment about it, they asked what I wanted to say about it – as in, “It’s not that big of a deal, is it?” It took me a moment to reply. I gathered my thoughts, because I couldn’t go on air and just say how exciting it was. They need an angle, duh. I came up with an angle: the 2007 guide was as outdated as a Sony Walkman, and this is Health Canada’s default for food. This change has been a looooong time coming!

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After school snacks, fuel for sports, and even long weekend road trips.

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Snacks can be incredibly important for kids after their day at school. Whether they are heading to an activity, have homework to focus on or are headed out on the circuit of sports and games, they need to be fueled in a super healthy way.

Check out the clip from BT Toronto, the radio segment from NewsTalk1010, and read on for my suggestions and recipes:

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Back to School with Cityline

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We all know it’s coming, and you’re likely dreading it, as all parents are – back to school and those darn lunches. Seasoned parents (even those with high school kids) need new inspiration for packing lunches and getting great food into their kids. If you’re a newbie at this with a child off to school for the first time, all of the below is for you too. To get you off to a great start, I’ve got handy tips and lots of lunch ideas that I also shared on Cityline with Tracy Moore.

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