Arsenic in your Apple Juice…A New Report

We had posted about this in September when Dr. Oz did a show on this questioning the levels of arsenic in apple juice.

A study was conducted by Consumer Reports to test the levels of lead and arsenic in popular brands of apple and grape juice.  These juices were purchased in August and September of 2011 in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The results showed that there were higher levels of arsenic and lead than originally thought.  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. Consumer Reports reported that most of the arsenic that they found was inorganic.

USA Today interviewed, Molly Kile, a professor at Oregon State University who has studied arsenic for a decade,  who said that more research is needed to determine whether arsenic levels in juice are a problem.”It is unclear at this point whether or not the arsenic found in apple juice is safe or unsafe,” she said. “And really the question is what do these low levels exposure of arsenic mean in terms of health and children’s health?”

There were a few samples of juices that came back from the study which contained low levels of arsenic and lead:

Nature’s Own 100% Apple Juice, Tropicana 100% Apple Juice and Red Jacket Orchards 100% Fuji Apple Juice Never From Concentrate

 

I thought this was helpful…*Amounts recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement: The Use and Misuse of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics, May 2001..

Kids and Juice:
Too Much of a Good Thing?
Fruit juice tastes sweet and most kids enjoy drinking it. It can supply vitamin C, folic acid, potassium and vitamin A that growing children need. However, juice is low in calcium, protein and vitamin D that are found in milk. Kids need to get enough calcium and vitamin D for healthy bone growth. Drinking too much juice leaves little room in a child’s diet for milk and other healthy foods.

How Much is Enough?
Age                                        Recommended Amount of Juice*

0 – 6 months                    None. Breast milk or formula is recommended

6 – 12 months (optional)      No more than  4 ounces per day

1 – 6 years                             No more than  4 – 6 ounces per day

7 – 18 years                           No more than  8 – 12 ounces per day

If juice is offered, give in a cup and not a bottle. Fruit will give your baby more chewing opportunities. Pureed, mashed or soft fruit is a better choice than juice.

Offer water to thirsty kids. Make sure kids have a personal water bottle for active play, sports and when traveling.

We are still left with the same question as before…what do you do?  Do you give your child apple juice?

I think we will stick with what we said in our previous post…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. Use it in moderation.

Read more:http://news.consumerreports.org/Consumer%20Reports%20Arsenic%20Test%20Results%20January%202012.pdf

http://healthland.time.com/2011/11/30/arsenic-in-apple-juice-a-new-report-suggests-widespread-exposure/

http://yourlife.usatoday.com/fitness-food/safety/story/2011-11-30/Arsenic-detected-in-apple-grape-juice-samples-says-Consumer-Reports/51511750/1

 

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