Exposed to lead? Healthy food can help

Exposed to lead? Healthy food can help
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What is lead?

Lead is a poisonous metal that our bodies cannot use.

Where is lead found?

Lead can be found in air, soil, water and even inside homes. Homes built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint.

What does lead do to the body?

Lead stops good minerals (such as iron and calcium) from working well in the body.
This can cause serious problems with the health of you and your family.

Who is hurt most?

Lead hurts pregnant women and young children most. Children’s bodies take in higher amounts of lead.
Too much lead can cause problems with growth, hearing, speech, behavior and learning.

How do I protect my family?


• Fix peeling lead paint.
• Wash dust off hands, toys, bottles, windows and floors.
• Do not let your child eat or play near loose paint chips.


• Cook and wash food with safe water.
• Use a water filter.
• Run water for one minute before using.


• Feed your family regular meals and snacks. The body takes in lead faster if your stomach is empty.Orange fruit and slices.
• Serve foods that have iron, calcium and vitamin C. These foods help the body take in less lead.

Foods with iron

• Red meat/chicken
• Fish
• Green leafy vegetables
• Whole grain cereal, bread & pasta. Cold cereals with iron.
• Dried fruit
• Beans, peas, lentils

Foods with calcium

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• Cheese and yogurt
• Calcium-fortified juice
• Green leafy vegetables
• Tofu
• Salmon and sardines (bones in)

Foods with vitamin C

• Oranges and grapefruit
• Tomatoes and peppers
• Broccoli
• Brussels sprouts
• Peaches, strawberries and pears
• Watermelon

Resources to help you and your family put healthy food on the table:

SNAP/FoodShare helps families buy the food they need for good health. Visit to learn how to apply.
Wisconsin Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program Clinic Locations
How to Get Food Help
Emergency Food Assistance:

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