According to UNICEF, over 130 million babies are born each year worldwide, which means all those parents must start caring for their new children. The most basic care of a newborn involves the nutrition it receives in the form of breast milk or baby formula. While the numbers are not concrete, we can safely estimate that there are millions of infants who receive formula instead of natural breast milk. With that being said, can every caregiver trust the formula?
Infant formula is specifically constructed with ingredients that are essential for healthy development; however, some ingredients have made their way into some formulas which aren’t essential for development. Dr. Christopher Exley, a funded CMSRI researcher, found aluminum in both ready-to-drink milks and milk powders across 30 different infant formula products. While at first this may not seem unsettling, aluminum is a non-essential metal in the body and is consider a neurotoxic. So why is aluminum an ingredient in baby formula?
Some research has already suggested that aluminum can pose chronic health risks and is typically found in numerous vaccines. Studies have pointed out strong evidence that aluminum disrupts neurological development leading to conditions like Autism, Crohns Disease and even some cancers. Dr. Exley collected 30 samples of infant formula that can be regularly purchased from retailers in the UK. During the study, each sample was stored according to the manufacturers’ instruction and was tested immediately upon opening.
What raises concern is the amount of concentrated aluminum found in the formulas. According to European Union standards, drinking water may have up to 50 μg/L of concentrated aluminum and all 30 samples of infant formula had at least double the amount of concentrated aluminum in their servings. This raises concern over the health risks newborns are exposed to when consuming such formulas. Children, especially infants, are extremely sensitive to foreign chemicals and ingredients in their bodies and knowing that aluminum is a neurotoxic, it could potentially cause health problems.
Taking the 30 samples of infant formula and their results, it should raise awareness to the public that manufacturers are potentially causing ill effects to their children. This should call to action legislation, regulatory mandates and consumer advocacy campaigns to reduce the amount of aluminum found in infant formula.