Arsenic, rice and your baby's diet

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  • Brown and white rice contain the highest level of arsenic of any food
  • Babies who ate rice cereal had the highest concentrations of arsenic in their urine
  • Arsenic has been linked to immune system and neurodevelopmental problems in children

(CNN)Ask any mom or dad to name their baby's first food. The likely answer? Rice cereal. What's a common go-to "healthy" snack for toddlers and kiddos? Rice cakes.

Yet a growing amount of scientific evidence is pointing to an alarming connection between inorganic arsenic in brown and white rice and harm to children's immune systems and intellectual development.