Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Lakes Region New Hampshire
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"High-nitrate vegetables, such as beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard greens, lettuce, spinach and turnips, should not be fed to babies in large quantities. The naturally occurring nitrates in these vegetables can change to nitrites, which bind iron in the blood and make it difficult to carry oxygen. This can make it hard to breathe and cause the skin to become blue. Limit the serving size of these vegetables to one to two tablespoons per feeding." (Univ. Maine Agricultural Extension)
But I've also been told that after approx 6 mo of age, babies' bodies are less likely to convert nitrates into nitrites.
Another thing though, is that the "thing" out there with some of the highest #s of PPM Nitrates is .. you guessed it, water. Nitrate poisoning is EXTREMELY rare, and most often is traced back not to food, but to contaminated well water.