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What we know about the cinnamon applesauce recall...

The recent FDA investigation into the recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches sold under WanaBana, Weis and Schnucks brands highlights the potential harm of many food items, particularly in those that are ultraprocessed. The recalled cinammon applesauce pouches in these cases also contained chromium. Studies have shown that elevated lead levels and metals such as chromium affects neurophysiological development in babies and children. While further reviews and reports are pending, specifically for this applesauce brand recall, parents should be mindful of some baby food items sold in local grocery shelves.

Lead and/or heavy metals may affect brain development and other health issues in a child. Your pediatrician can test for lead levels and follow up for treatment as needed.

While it is challenging to avoid all ultraprocessed food items that may have harmful ingredients, consider the following homemade delicious applesauce recipe so your baby may continue to have healthy fiber (pectin) , which also helps in bowel movements:

2 lb apples (I prefer Fuji or Mcintosh)

  1. Wash and peel apples, remove the core
  2. Chop the apples into cubes or slices
  3. Place the slices in a large pot with water, bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat, cook and stir occasionally. You may add one or all of the following for taste: lemon juice, cinammon and honey.
  4. Once the apple slices are soft and fork-mashable, transfer them into a food processor or blender to a consistent blend or puréed consistency.
  5. Let it cool, and serve. Applesauce may be stored and refrigerated.

For more information on lead levels and its health effects, consult with your child's pediatrician.

Marigold Castillo, M.D. Dr. Marigold "Dr. Gold" Castillo is a board-certified physician specialist practicing in Bayside, New York. She is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Zucker School of Medicine of Hofstra/ Northwell. She focuses on personalized care in general pediatrics and adolescent medicine.

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