Children’s porridge in Ökotest: discover mineral oil and mold marking

Children's porridge in Ökotest: discover mineral oil and mold marking

spoon for dad, spoon for sister: cereal porridge for children quickly mixed with water or milk. However, some mixtures contain substances that have no place there.

Ground oats, oats, corn or rice: this is the basis of cereal porridge for children. But there is something else in some products – the substances that have no place in the bowl of porridge. This is evidenced by a study on baby food conducted by “Ökotest” magazine (8/2022 edition).

11 times “very good” for baby food in “Ökotest”

Only basic mixtures of cereal porridge were tested without additives such as sugar, crackers or fruit. First, the good news: Parents can serve their kids with a clear conscience among the 21 tested organic cereals. Eleven products came out of the test with the highest rating of “Very Good”. The remaining 10 points in the test were deducted because they contained questionable substances – sometimes in small quantities, sometimes in slightly higher quantities. However, four other points did well with recognition. You can read the exact test results on the Ökotest website.

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contamination with mineral oils

What exactly is the deducted point? Mineral oil components were detected in six porridges. It can accumulate in the body – with as yet unknown health consequences. After all: in five porridges, the proportion of mineral oil components increased slightly according to “Ökotest”. Testers only talked about increasing the quantity for one product – but the product still performed satisfactorily in the test. According to Ökotest, it is possible that the porridge was contaminated with oil from production facilities.

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Mold toxins can weaken the immune system

Mold metabolites were also detected and three porridges were affected. These are fungi that invade grain in the field. According to “Ökotest”, it is toxic to cells and can weaken the immune system.

Discover arsenic in rice porridge

In two products containing rice, inorganic arsenic was detected in the test. Metalloid occurs naturally in the soil and accumulates in rice plants. Arsenic can be a carcinogen in large quantities, so young children should eat food made with rice in moderation. However, this observation is missing in both rice porridge mixtures, according to criticisms of the environmental laboratory.

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Tips for preparing cereal porridge

Ökotest offers the following tips for preparing cereal and milk porridge:

  1. Infants and young children should not be given rice porridge (or rice cakes) every day due to possible exposure to arsenic.
  2. To get to know each other, start step by step with a spoonful of porridge made from some kind of cereal.
  3. Infants of complementary age should not be fed more than 200ml of cow’s milk – including that in cereal milk. Cow’s milk contains a lot of protein. This puts pressure on the baby’s kidneys.

With material from dpa

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