Does Your Fruit Juice Contain High Levels of Arsenic or Lead?
About half of the 45 popular commercial fruit juices tested, including some marketed for children, contain elevated levels of potentially harmful heavy metals, a Consumer Reports analysis shows. Among the types of juice tested were apple, grape, pear, and blends.
Children are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of heavy metals, which, in addition to arsenic and lead, also include cadmium and mercury. In young children, as little as 4 ounces a day of these juices could cause health concerns, according to the researchers. In adults, consumption of 4 or more ounces of five of the juices tested pose health risks, while a daily intake of 8 or more ounces of five additional juices could have a negative effect on health.
High levels of heavy metals have previously been found in infant and toddler foods, rice and rice products, protein powders, some types of fish, and sweet potatoes and the substances are also present in drinking water, air, and soil. Elevated levels have been linked to:
- Low IQ
- Behavioral problems like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Other health problems
Sourced from: Consumer Reports