Would you like some lead and arsenic with your apple juice? Detox Your Diet

by Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND December 12, 2013

Detox Your Diet: Would you like some lead and arsenic with your juice? Consumer reports lists the amount of lead and arsenic in US apple juices. 

"Five samples of apple juice and four of grape juice had total arsenic levels exceeding the 10 ppb federal limit for bottled and drinking water. Levels in the apple juices ranged from 1.1 to 13.9 ppb, and grape-juice levels were even higher, 5.9 to 24.7 ppb. Most of the total arsenic in our samples was inorganic, our tests showed.
As for lead, about one fourth of all juice samples had levels at or above the 5-ppb limit for bottled water. The top lead level for apple juice was 13.6 ppb; for grape juice, 15.9 ppb."

We just bought 2 gallons of organic apple juice that I'm not feeling too friendly towards! If you read through the article at the end they give some tips. I was hoping that the organic brands would have non-detectable limits, they are low however. 

I think think that by choosing organic, having it as part of what your kids drink, and diluting with water are all good options. I don't know the status of other juices but can tell you that both grapes and apples are among the most sprayed crops. It is the soil contamination that is affecting the organic trees. 

Choosing juices from fruits that are on the " EWG's Clean fifteen" may be a good option. These are the 15 fruits and vegetables with the least amount of pesticide residue:  pineapple, kiwi, mango to name a few. The organic varieties of these will even better. 

Buying organic can be more expensive, however joining a Co-op can greatly reduce the prices and sometimes they even deliver to your door! There are also Co-op's that do dry goods & frozen. In Ontario you can contact the Ontario Natural Food Co-op to see if there is one in your area. If there isn't it is easy to start one and you only need one or two other families involved. 

 

Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND
Dr. Sharleen Hawco ND


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