Apple Juice or Arsenic Juice?

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].

13 thoughts on “Apple Juice or Arsenic Juice?

  1. Susan Keagan says:

    Great website. We need to talk about how our food choice and other such choice effect our children. I think we should talk more about people growing their own food or perhaps we can start a conversation about food collectives or co-operatives that work to end this supermarket mentality where we are totally disconnected from the growing process of the food we consume.

    • NaturalMommy says:

      Thanks Susan. We could not agree more. One thing we like to do in our family is go to farmer’s markets. They are great for city-dwellers. It is also a great way to get kids involved in the growing process of foods. We love the idea of gardening, even if it is just small pots of herbs for people with limited space. Even little bit counts! Thanks for your comment and for reading the post.

  2. Kim Enza says:

    I was really upset when I heard this for the first time on the news. Here we are thinking that we are giving our kids something that is good for them – and instead it could be causing them serious long-term damage. What is a parent to do? Is there nothing safe anymore? I for one am sticking with filtered water (and even that worries me with all the chlorine and God knows what!).

    • NaturalMommy says:

      We just had to post this when we heard about it as well b/c we were just as upset as you were Kim. It is difficult information to digest, that is for sure.

  3. Katherina Tarrenis says:

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  4. Cody Kriner says:

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  5. Jon Kim says:

    Glad that people are talking about this issue. I don’t think we should just forget about this and sweep it under the rug like it did not happen.

  6. Laurena Glikem says:

    There is nothing good that can come from buying packaged food, things in cans or plastic or other such processed foods. We really need what can be grown in its whole form, the way most of our ancestor’s lived.

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