Juice Controversy

By now...you've probably heard or read about the controversy swirling around apple and grape juice. Seems Consumer Reports is now backing the claim that there's too much "arsenic" and lead in the apple juice we give to our kids!

I'm not a scientist... but as I understand it...arsenic is both organic and inorganic. The organic arsenic comes "naturally" from the earth's crust. Inorganic arsenic is released from certain human activities...such as mining and agricultural pesticides...and chemicals. It's all around us!

If we swallow large amounts of inorganic arsenic...it can cause certain cancers...rapid poisoning...even death.

The Consumer Reports people tested 88 samples from 5 brands and found "unsafe" levels of arsenic and elevated levels of lead in the juices. Unsafe levels of lead can damage our nervous system and effect cognitive ability.

It's a lot for parents to take in...especially since so many of our children drink juice!

So far...the FDA stands by their recommendations that these levels are safe. Meantime...what should we do? For my family, I think we're going to limit our intake of the juices. If you're unsure of what to do...talk to your pediatrician about what's right for your children.

Still...I thought I'd pass along what Consumer Reports reported as "unsafe" brands of the samples they tested.

First...unsafe levels of arsenic: Apple and Eve, Great Value, Mott's, Walgreens and Welch's.

Unsafe levels of lead: Great Value, Walgreens, Welch,America's Choice, Gerber, Gold Emblem, Joe's Kids, Minute Maid and Seneca.

This controversy isn't going away anytime soon! Stay Tuned...

In the meantime...again...talk to your child's pediatrician.



About the Author...
Pat Persaud
Pat Persaud received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Morningside College, in Sioux City, Iowa, and majored in English, with an emphasis on British Literature.
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