In an episode airing today, The Dr. Oz show revealed shocking results after testing five popular brands of apple juice. Some exceeded the federal level of arsenic set by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
While there is currently no limit on the amount of arsenic allowed in apple juice, The EPA does have a limit on arsenic in drinking water: 10 parts per billion. The Dr. Oz Show tested three dozen samples from five different brands of apple juice with Apple and Eve, Mott’s, Gerber, and Juicy Juice among the worst offenders — with Gerber as high as 36 parts per billion.
The FDA explains that “arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally occurring substance or as a result of contamination from human activity. It is found in water, air, food, and soil in organic and inorganic forms. As a result, small amounts of arsenic can be found in certain food and beverage products—including fruit juices and juice concentrates.”
The juice companies have also responded in statements linked on The Dr. Oz Show website, with Gerber, Juicy Juice, and Mott’s claiming that The Dr. Oz Show’s findings are inaccurate.
I don’t know about you but I think that anything over the limit even allowed in drinking water shouldn’t be allowed in anything else, but there could be more to it than we know. I’m curious if the higher levels are less harmful when arsenic is combined with other ingredients or elements in the juice? Parents want (and need) to know.
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