Feed Children Well-Balanced Diet, Doctors Urge

A recent investigation from Consumer Reports that found arsenic in many rice products may have many parents worried about serving their children these foods such as cereals and crackers.

In response to the findings, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a reminder to parents that children should be offered a variety of foods, including products made from oats and wheat. Parents worried about arsenic levels in juice should remember that it is not necessary to offer juice to children who eat a well-balanced healthy diet, according to the AAP.

Arsenic can increase a person’s risk of bladder, lung and skin cancers. The Food and Drug Administration has created a webpage to help consumers who have concerns about rice and unsafe arsenic levels. At this time, FDA officials say it is premature to make any recommendation about consuming rice and rice products. Additional testing is currently underway.

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