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Arsenic In Apple Juice

Updated on December 9, 2011

This article is dated December 3, 2011.

Lead found in toys played by kids already threaten children's health. In 2008, infant milk and other food were found to be containing the plastic substance Melamine. Around 300,000 victims were reported by China. Melamine was added to milk to increase the protein level.And now, American consumers report alarming levels of arsenic in apple juice. This is alarming. Advertisers of these juice claim the juice is healthy and safe for consumers, but it turned out the other way around. The consumers are the patrons of these products.

Most of the apple juice in the grocery indirectly came from China. They filter it, and concentrated it. Then send the concentrates to American bottlers.

What is Arsenic?

Arsenic is a poisonous metallic substance. It is released naturally from the Earth's crust and is also released by activities of man. Arsenic exists in two forms, namely, the inorganic Arsenic and the organic Arsenic,which always contain Carbon. Inorganic arsenic can cause cancer.

The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) has set the standard for arsenic levels in drinking water at 10ppb(parts per billion). For juice drinks it is 23ppb. The high levels of arsenic were also found in chicken and baby food. Samples of apple juice were retested for arsenic levels. In the 'Dr. Oz Show' aired last September 2011, Dr. Mehmet Oz told the public that apple juice contains arsernic, but he didn't mention which kind of arsenic. Is it organic or inorganic?

In late November 2011, the FDA acknowledged a research from the University of Arizona. The research used nine samples of apple juice. It was found out that most of the arsenic in the findings were inorganic.

The FDA told us that it is safe, but in reality it is not. Dr. Oz was right in alarming us about the arsenic levels.

Why Arsenic Is Present in Apple Juice

Consumer reports Inorganic Arsenic is mostly present in the juice samples. But how did the apples absorb arsenic? The apple trees are affected by the soil they are rooted. We can accept the fact that Arsenic occurs naturally in soil. It is likely that arsenic has contaminated the soil. But the levels of arsenic released from man's activies has exceeded the levels of naturally-occurring Arsenic. Man's activities that release arsenic include pesticides, mining and combustion. Let's face the reality. There is no apple juice without arsenic.

Is It Safe?

The benefits of Arsenic to human health is not known. Because arsenic is naturally-occuring, there will still be trace levels of Arsenic in apple juice. This naturally-occurring arsenic is organic. It is safe to drink apple juice with arsenic at a certain dose. The negative effects will only be show up at a certain level of consumption. Excessive drinking of apple juice is bad. We can't control the levels of arsenic. But we can control how much apple juice to consume. For example, eating junk food once in a while is not bad, but making it as a substitute for lunch or dinner is deadly.You might get bladder stones.The saying "Anything that is in excess is bad" applies.

What Consumers Can Do

Parents are confused. Well, kids can't avoid buying a bottled juice drink from time to time. It's safe to drink small amounts of bottled apple juice. The problem is faced by drinking it several times, maybe even everyday since this juice is available at convenience stores. It's a good idea to promote drinking 8 glasses of drinking water. This might boost the sales of distilled drinking water.

To be safe, it is now recommended that infants aged 6 months and below shouldn't be given juice drinks. And kids aged six years and below should limit their juice intake. There is also a concern over child obesity and diabetes in later life due to large sugar intake.


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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      Good article. My kids didn't really start drinking juices until they were close to 1 year old, but they did drink a lot of it. I probably wouldn't choose to give them apple juice now or would look very carefully at the origins. Thank you for your research.

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      CookwareBliss 6 years ago from Winneconne, WI

      When I heard this story on Yahoo I was shocked! I have a small child who drinks juice all the time, and was concerned for my sons health.