Arsenic Levels in Apple Juice Harmful for Children?

RENO, NV -- It's poisonous and it's in one of your child's favorite drinks. The Food and Drug Administration is firing back at a study done by Dr. Oz, after finding potentially dangerous amounts in apple juice.

Dr. Oz tested three dozen samples of five brands of juice and found that some contained more than 11 parts per billion of arsenic, which is more than the legal amount in the water we drink. The FDA conducted its own investigation to show parents their favorite fruit juice is still safe to consume.

"It's spread, it's an element. There's probably 30 or 40 different components in our soil. Arsenic would be one part of that," said Ed Foster from the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

There are two types of arsenic--organic, which is harmless, and inorganic, which the Environmental Protection Agency has classified as a carcinogen.

"The FDA has taken it to heart and has looked at apple juice in particular as far as putting a component of minimum on that and that currently is 10 ppb."

Foster says that's the same amount as a tear drop in Lake Tahoe. It's also the current limit of arsenic in the water consumers drink, but it still raises concern from parents over what their children drink.

"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food," Dianne Underwood, owner of Reverse Aging Spa and Energy Center, said.

Underwood, a raw food junkie and body detoxification expert, says fruit juices from concentrate lack essential vitamins and nutrients.

"The juices are devoid of minerals so they're putting these pharmaceutical things so they're pasteurizing the juice and most of the juice is genetically modified."

A study done in 2012 by the FDA shows 95 percent of apple juice brands sampled were already below the new standard.

"You would have a bigger problem by drinking a lot of apple juice just by drinking apple juice and having that much in your stomach and you'd get a sick belly from it than you would have any deleterious effect any arsenic that could be present in your apple juice," said Foster.

There is no immediate danger for children to drink apple juice, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends babies under six months old not drink any type of juice, and children under six years old should have no more than four to six ounces of juice a day.


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