Toxic chemical element cadmium, found in everything from fertilizer to children’s jewelry, has now been linked to the development of breast cancer. Previously found to be contributing to infertility as well as the decline of health in children, the new study explores how dietary exposure to cadmium through ‘healthy’ food products like bread, cereals, and potatoes is upping your risk of cancer.
According to lead researcher and associate professor Agneta Åkesson, the dietary exposure is due to the fact that cadmium is present in many fertilizers used on farms. Published in Cancer Research , a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, the research shows just how much of a threat the baby food contaminant poses to the health of adults and children alike. Åkesson explains that many ‘health’ foods could be carrying cadmium incognito, highlighting the need to buy high quality organic items — preferably from a local source.