Arsenic In Your Apple Juice?

What should you do?

Year after year we learn all sorts of controversial information from the media such as:

Chocolate Milk is soda in drag

Apple Cider Vinegar is a cure-all and the answer to weight loss

Eating after Eight p.m. causes weight gain


Do you listen?

If you haven’t heard about this already, Dr. Oz did a study testing 10 different brands of apple juice in 3 different cities measuring their levels of arsenic and compared it to the amount of arsenic found in drinking water.

On his show this week, he reported that they found unsafe levels of arsenic in popular brands of apple juice.

This morning, the FDA said the the test was conducted inaccurately and that they are confident that apple juice is safe to drink. They explained that there are 2 types of arsenic: Organic (found naturally in foods and soil) and Inorganic (found in pesticides and other chemicals.) Organic Arsenic is not harmful, however inorganic Arsenic can be toxic in high levels.

So, given this information, do you buy apple juice for your kids this week?

Honestly, this is a hard one. As Dietitians, this isn’t enough information to tackle this topic. As moms, looking out for the best interest of our children…

Do you drink the apple juice????

This is what we think…

Don’t react to the media so quickly.  Information changes constantly. If apple juice is a staple in your household and you want to keep it that way, then we suggest to buy organic apple juice for now.

But, when it really comes down to it, eating a whole piece of fruit is always better than drinking juice.  Juice shouldn’t be an everyday thing anyway. Use it in moderation.




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