Did anyone else see the Dr. Oz Show today? I'm really worked up over his findings that the apple juice sold in America contains unacceptably high levels of arsenic. He explained that a lot of our apple juice is packaged in the USA but the concentrates used for those products are often coming from places like China and Argentina. A combination of higher levels of arsenic in their water supplies and arsenic in pesticides used on the apples before pressing is resulting in high levels of arsenic being present in apple juice here in the USA. He stated that the EPA has set a maximum limit for arsenic in our drinking water at 10 parts per billion; it is regulated. But when he had dozens of apple juices tested by an independent lab, they found that several of the juices contained well over 10 parts per billion and in fact Gerber apple juice was tested with as much as 36. Juicy Juice was another one that had higher than acceptable levels. There were more. We're talking big name brands that are fed to our children in high quantities because they're promoted as healthy!
Dr. Oz expressed that this shouldn't be too alarming to people drinking an occasional apple juice here and there. Adults don't *typically* drink tons of it every day. But it should be very alarming to parents of children who are likely drinking it regularly. I know that my 4-year-old nephew drinks a ton of it. His mother, my sister, has a few jugs of it in the fridge at any given time. The quantities that children drink it is why the arsenic levels should be regulated. Apparently back in 2008, pear juice was already found to have unacceptable levels of arsenic and the FDA issued a "level of concern." I'm not sure if they actually acted beyond that and regulated it, but this is just unacceptable in general...
I am agreeing with Dr. Oz when he says we should use organic apple juice products (which he tested and showed arsenic levels less than 10 parts per billion - OK) or else stop purchasing regular apple juice at the grocery store until this has been properly addressed. We have enough toxins around us, and to think that parents don't even know that they're potentially giving arsenic to their children in this manner is very upsetting.
I am going to be a first-time mother soon and I'm angry that it seems like there's always something new and dangerous that we're finding out we're being exposed to... Sure, some people might laugh and not care about things like this. But for someone like me who has food intolerances and a high sensitivity to chemicals and other health concerns, it's a scary world to live in. And arsenic isn't just something that a highly sensitive individual would be affected by. It affects everyone.