Lead Safe Mama
May 5, 2020 · 2 Comments
Carmon Moen says
May 5, 2020 at 4:45 pm
Seeing grocery shelves emptied has prompted me to start long and short-term food storage. I am grateful that this has reminded me to be ready for what may come up next.
May 6, 2020 at 9:53 pm
Today I just read this on the Starwest Botanicals website:
“You can consider taking herbs in tea or extract form. Our testing of a variety of teas and liquid extracts indicates that heavy metals are not soluble or only slightly soluble in alcohol and water and the exposure to heavy metals is even less when using herbs in these forms.” – https://www.starwest-botanicals.com/prop65
I never knew that. Interesting. I’m also wondering if nuts and Brussel sprouts are especially high in lead. I’ve heard that spinach, sunflower seeds, animal bones (so the bones in sardines and bone broth), and cocoa are high, but I wonder if they mentioned nuts as an umbrella term that also includes seeds, and that Brussel sprouts are just mentioned because it’s really whatever leaf is greenest that is likely to suck up lead (because the chlorophyll molecule contains a calcium atom, which is indistinguishable from a lead atom to the plant). Maybe researchers only studied spinach and Brussel sprouts and not the remaining plethora of green vegetables out there? I’m just hypothesizing here. It’s nice that they say on their website that
“Starwest tests all its ingestible products for Lead, Cadmium, Mercury and Arsenic.”
How many food and supplement companies do that? I hope other companies do that; as a consumer I’d be curious to know, and I’d probably be more likely to buy from a company that tests their products than one that doesn’t.
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