When it comes to your baby, parents work hard to keep them safe.
When it comes to feeding her baby, Kourtney Ceynar says she isn’t looking to supermarket shelves.
“The only thing I would get from there are ideas and suggestions on what to go home and make my own baby,” Kourtney Ceynar, owner of Buzzy Bee’s Daycare says.
“With a growing number of parents worried about what their children are eating, they’re taking what’s put into their babies’ food into their own hands.
“I’m thinking about what kind of chemical enhancers are in there and what kind of preservatives are in there,” Ceynar says.
And she’s not alone.
A recent study done by a nonprofit looked at data collected by the Food and Drug Administration over the course of 11 years.
It found lead in 20 percent of the baby food samples compared to 14 percent in other foods.
But one nutrition expert says this doesn’t mean you have to cut out baby food from the store entirely.
“You know, baby food it is there; it is safe; it is healthy. If you want to make your own great,” Katie Johnke, nutrition services coordinator for Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health says.
But there are precautions to take no matter if you’re buying baby food from the store or making it yourself.
“There are certain foods that you should make on your own and shouldn’t based off the processing of it,” Ceynar says.
The FDA does have guidelines for how much lead can be in food.
But, there is no zero tolerance policy for lead in food regardless of who eats it.
In fact, lead is in many of the foods you eat.
“What am I really feeding myself what am I really feeding my babies,” Ceynar says.
Until she knows for sure, she says she’ll keep cooking at home.
The study says no samples tested by the FDA were over the allowable levels for lead.
But Johnke, says they best way to keep your child healthy is to vary their diet.