Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Would You Like Some Poison With That Apple Juice?

There is growing evidence that arsenic and lead levels in apple and grape juices sold in the U.S. are dangerously high. Arsenic is a known carcinogen, and both arsenic and lead have been linked to developmental problems. In recent studies, long term arsenic exposure was linked to poor scores in language, memory, and other brain functions, as well as diminished intelligence.

Bottom line:  this is not something you want to put in your body. The problem is, juice makers are denying a problem, and no one is disclosing the arsenic or lead levels on the labels so you can make an informed decision. That needs to change.

TV's Dr. Oz raised concerns about arsenic levels in apple juice back in September, and since then, Consumer Reports has done an extensive study of 88 products, finding numerous products that contain more lead or arsenic than the FDA allows in our drinking water. Check out the Consumer Reports' story and findings here. The fact that kids drink a lot of the juice being sold in this country is cause for even greater concern, particularly when long term health effects are considered.

I am currently investigating these cases, and actively seeking information from consumers regarding these poison-laced products. If you want to discuss your situation with me, please get in touch.

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