#WellnessWednesday: Your Favorite Fruit Juice Might Contain Arsenic, Lead, & Other Heavy Metals

Fruit juices are popular across the country but are they as healthy as one may think? Just because the product says it is made out of fruits like apples, grapes, pears, or other juice blends does not mean it is 100 percent safe. Consumer Reports tested 45 popular fruit juices sold across the country and found concerning levels of heavy metals in 47% of them.¬†Fruit juices are often marketed to children whose bodies are susceptible to significant harm and long term negative effects. Exposure to arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals can affect a child’s development, respiratory system, neurological system, immune system, and more.

Juices that contain these harmful elements:

  • Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice
  • 365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods) Organic 100% Concord Grape Juice
  • R.W. Knudsen Organic Just Concord Grape Juice
  • Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, Concord Grape
  • Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, White Grape
  • Great Value (Walmart) 100% Cranberry Grape Juice
  • Welch’s 100% Juice with Antioxidant Superberry
  • Trader Joe’s Joe’s Kids Apple Juice
  • Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice
  • Juicy Juice 100% Juice, Fruit Punch
  • Minute Maid 100% Juice, Fruit Punch
  • Mott’s 100% Juice, Apple White Grape

According to James Dickerson, CR’s chief scientific officer, drinking 4 ounces or more of any of these products a day can raise concern. Parents often opt out of giving their children large amounts of juice due to high amounts of sugar but in actuality, the problem is the heavy metals found in the products.

We all have questions like, how on earth did these dangerous elements get into our juice? How are we just now finding out about this? How can we prevent it? Well, heavy metals are naturally found in our environment, the soil and water that is being used to grow these “fruits” have been contaminated through pollution, mining, or pesticides.

Give yourself and your children a brand variety of fruits, vegetables, and other whole foods. Create your own fruit juices at home, grow your own garden, find a trusted grocery and product to buy from, and do your research. All of the juice companies told Consumer Reports that they did their own testing and followed all government regulations, so it’s up to you to really find out what you’re putting in you or your kid’s body.¬†Fruit juices are not the only products that can possibly contain these dangerous materials. Heavy metals can also be found in the following:

  • Beauty Products
  • Public Water
  • Pesticides & Herbisides
  • Dental Fillings
  • Furniture
  • Some Pharmaceutical drugs
  • House and Car Keys
  • E – Cigarettes
  • Air Poullition & Vehicle Exhaust

Click here for more information on how to protect yourself from these sneaky heavy metals

Source: www.News4Jax.com

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