Why are foods containing nitrates bad for my 1-year-old?
Nitrates occur naturally in beets, spinach, turnips, and collard greens. Nitrates interfere with the transport of oxygen by the red blood cells and, in high concentrations, can cause coma, seizures, and even death. At lower levels they cause blue skin discoloration, dizziness, and fatigue. While adults can tolerate small amounts of nitrates, infant
s are particularly sensitive to their ill effects.
If you're making your own baby
food, avoid these foods. Commercial baby
foods made with spinach, beets, etc., are fine, however. The manufacturers monitor and control the levels of nitrates to make sure they're safe.