As some of you might have already heard from Dr. Oz, there have been suspicions of high levels of arsenic (and lead) in fruit juice – especially apply.
Unfortunately, (released recently from ABC news, link below) these suspicions have been confirmed. Trace levels of naturally-occurring arsenic is safe, however we are not discussing trace levels of naturally occurring arsenic. We are talking about an elevated level which may result in long term illness and development delays. Levels found in many of the fruit juices on the market exceed the healthy levels for human consumption. In fact, these levels are higher than the US government allowance in water.
Many fruit juice companies are claiming that they are not responsible for regulations – instead it is the government’s job to set the threshold for arsenic levels in juice. Right now most governments have no regulations for arsenic in juices. Perhaps because until now, this has not been an apparent issue (thank you Dr. Oz!).
It is worth pointing out that juice boxes in general are not recyclable or biodegradable, so buying them is not environmentally friendly. In this regard, it is better to buy organic juices (perhaps packaged in glass to prevent possible chemical leaching from plastic bottles) and then transfer the juice into reusable containers for kid’s lunches.
The current solution? Perhaps, it is up to us as parents to make sure our kids consume less juice and more (filtered) water, or no juice at all. Many kids are consuming even more juice than is recommended – regardless of the possible arsenic contamination. The recommended amount is only 6 or so ounces per day because of the high levels of sugar. Bottom line is people require pure water to be healthy and whatever we consume be it food, water or juice needs to be pure and natural, without chemical additives.
Another solution is to get your family a juicer and make your own natural juices that contain more veggies and mix of fruits. This can be a fun activity for kids and a great way to sneak in a veggie or two!
To view the ABC news report, click [here].