Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Jessica Dolores
Large amounts of methylmercury (MeHG) in rice-based infant cereal can create developmental issues in babies and children. This is the finding of a recent research published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The research team studied 119 samples of infant cereals using a variety of grains bought from various regions in the U.S. and China.
Further studies are needed to fully understand how mercury in food can affect infant health.
Cui W, Liu G, Bezerra M, Lagos DA, Li Y, Cai Y. OCCURRENCE OF METHYLMERCURY IN RICE-BASED INFANT CEREALS AND ESTIMATION OF DAILY DIETARY INTAKE OF METHYLMERCURY FOR INFANTS. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2017;65(44):9569–9578. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jafc.7b03236