Findings from a study released Wednesday reveal there are dangerous levels of arsenic and lead in some apple juice, reported ABC News. Many different juices list apple juice or apple juice concentrate as their primary ingredient.
Consumer Reports tested 88 samples of juice and found that 10 percent had arsenic levels higher than the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows for drinking water, 10 parts per billion (ppb). Twenty-five percent of juices also had lead levels higher than the FDA’s bottled water limit of 5 ppb, reported Greg Martin for AgInfo.net.
The advocacy group is now pushing the FDA to lower its standards for arsenic levels in juice beverages.
ABC reports that Dr. Mehmet Oz was the first to raise the alarm that some of the biggest brands in America have arsenic in their apple juice. “We believe the elevated exposure of arsenic can cause heart disease; we know that it’s associated with cancers, skin disorders, developmental delays,” Dr. Oz told ABC.
Indian Country Today Media Network recently reported in “Arsenic in Indian Water Tables Can Cause Diabetes, Other Illnesses” on new findings by a group of scientists that support the theory that there is a link between arsenic and diabetes. “Our panel of experts, who met last January, concluded there is sufficient evidence to link high arsenic exposure in drinking water to diabetes,” says the study’s principal investigator, Miroslav Stýblo, a biochemist and an associate professor in the department of nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “With low levels, there is significant uncertainty. Our data also suggests that if you have a certain genetic makeup you are at higher risk.”
Adding to the risk factors associated with consuming arsenic in juice, pediatricians discourage parents from allowing children to drink juice excessively anyways. Since juice contains sugar, pediatricians recommend that children under six months don’t drink any, and children under age 7 should drink no more than four to six ounces per day. But ABC reports that most children drink much more than that. The impact of long-term, low exposure of arsenic levels in children is still unknown.