This beverage product contains:
Aluminum - 557-2,346 ug/l in some brands
NOTE: Aluminum interferes with cellular metabolic processes and information transfer from DNA
Silicon - 746-13,811 ng/ml in 26 brands tested for silicon
The effect of large amounts of silicon on a fetus is unknown
Cadmium - a highly toxic metal that can cause kidney damage in high amounts. Neurotoxic effects such
as psychomotor disturbances, behavioral and cognitive disorders have been demonstrated in animal models
with low-dose exposure. Cadmium levels can be 6 times higher in some brands.
Genetically engineered corn and soy - Detected in 4 brands
Transgenic ingredients pose the risk of introducing novel toxins, new allergens, and increased antibiotic
resistance to fetus. The FDA does not require labeling of genetically engineered foods, so pregnant women will
remain unaware that they are consuming transgenic ingredients
MSG (processed free glutamic acid and processed free aspartic acid) -These are known neurotoxins found in a number of brands.
Because the blood brain barrier is not fully developed in the fetus, these neurotoxins are more accessible to the fetus brain than the adult brain. The highest levels of these neurotoxins were found in hypoallergenic brands. Because no studies have
been done on the long term outcomes, it is unknown if - once born, the babies will exhibit more learning disabilities at school age, and/or more endocrine disorders such as obesity, and reproductive disorders, later in life.
Phytoestrogens - endocrine disruptors found in some brands. Pregant women drinking these brands can have circulating
phytoestrogen concentrations that are 13,000-22,000 times higher than normal levels. These bioactive compounds can create steroid hormone imbalance, compete with enzymes that metabolize steroids, drugs and xenobiotics, and can influence gonadal function. Genistein can be carcinogenic if exposure occurs during critical periods of differentiation. Some brands have been linked to premature thelarche (breast development in infants and girls under eight years of age). Phytoestrogens (isoflavones) also act on the thyroid gland. They are well known inducers of goiter and anti-thyroid agents. They act against the thyroid by inhibition of thyroid peroxidase.
Phthalates and Bisphenol-A -