Most of us heard Dr Oz’s cry for concern a few months ago regarding potentially dangerous levels of arsenic in apple juice. The U.S. FDA (Food & Drug Administration) promptly dismissed Dr Oz’s accusations, slapping him on the hand for scaring consumers and explaining that low levels of arsenic naturally occur in foods we eat.
Well, it looks like Dr Oz may have been right all along (I want to know who tipped him off!), and now the Consumers Union, which publishes the famous Consumer Reports, has now made official the result of their tests on many brands of apple juice and grape juice (88 to be exact) found in stores around the country. The results are quite alarming. Not only did most fruit juices show arsenic levels higher than the federal standard, but the same applied to levels of lead. Yes, there may also be lead in your apple juice. And we thought we just had to worry about that red paint from China… And the tainted pet food. And… I’ll stop there.
A concerning fact about this contamination is, many kids drink a large amount of juice every day, so the arsenic and lead levels they swallow could quickly add up. Another scary fact? Even organic fruit juice doesn’t seem to be completely spared for these high levels of arsenic and lead. Just when we thought we were safe if we stuck to organically grown foods.
It looks like this Consumer Report is shaking up the FDA (at least a little) and the agency announced it is considering collecting additional data on fruit juice samples to see if there is reason for concern. You can read the full article from NPR on this new fruit juice survey and the concerns it’s raising for consumers in the US (and possibly in other parts of the world).
This report is not too worrisome for my family as I rarely buy fruit juice. I don’t drink it, my husband doesn’t either. My youngest refuses to drink any juice (and now I won’t push him). My five year old would drink fruit juice by the gallon if I let him. But I don’t, because as it goes in one end, it usually comes out right the other, so he just can’t have it. I’ve always pushed my kids to eat real fruit instead and now I’ve got another good reason to do so.
Are you planning to make any changes to your fruit juice buying habits after reading this Consumer Report and survey? Do you think there should be a reason for concern or are we overreacting?
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