Do you drink a lot of fruit juices that are supposed to be healthy for you? Well read on and you may need to rethink this one!
Consumer Report tested a large sample of fruit juices and found almost half to contain arsenic, cadmium and lead.
Consumer Report tested 45 popular fruit juices sold in the USA – including apple, grape, pear, and fruit blends – and found high levels of heavy metals in almost 50%, including those for children. “In some cases, drinking just 4 ounces a day—or half a cup – is enough to raise concern,” says James Dickerson, Ph.D., CR’s chief scientific officer.
The research focused on cadmium, lead, mercury, and inorganic arsenic (the type most harmful to health) because they pose some of the greatest risks, and prior research suggests they are common in food and drink.
More than 80 percent of parents of children age 3 and younger give their kids fruit juice at least sometimes, according to a recent national Consumer Reports survey of 3,002 parents. In 74 percent of those cases, kids drink juice once a day or more.
But heavy metals can harm adults, too. “Five of the juices we tested pose a risk to adults at 4 or more ounces per day, and five others pose a risk at 8 or more ounces,” Dickerson says.
There is much research to show the harmful effects of heavy metals – long-term exposure, even in minute doses over time may lead to lowered IQ, behavioural problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), type 2 diabetes, and cancer, among other health issues.
The same researchers from Consumer Report have found elevated levels of heavy metals not just in juices but also in infant and toddler foods, rice and rice products, protein powder, some types of fish, and sweet potatoes. The toxins may also be in the environment, including the water, the air, and the soil.
“In the course of a lifetime, the average person will come into contact with these metals many times, from many sources,” says Tunde Akinleye, a chemist in Consumer Reports’ Food Safety division who led our testing. “We’re exposed to these metals so frequently during our lives that it’s vital to limit exposures early on.”
Heavy metals can also affect adults as exposure over many years can still lead to health problems such as bladder, lung, and skin cancer; cognitive and reproductive problems; and type 2 diabetes, among other conditions.
The three toxic metals identified in fruit juices all have their own set of health problems. Lead, for example, is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, and fertility problems. Arsenic is linked to cardiovascular disease. And long-term cadmium exposure increases the risk of bone damage and kidney disease, among other issues.
There were three samples of each fruit juice sold on the open market that was tested and they found the following – you can also download the full details too:
• Every product had measurable levels of at least one of these heavy metals: cadmium, inorganic arsenic, lead, or mercury.
• Twenty-one (47 percent) of the 45 juices had concerning levels of cadmium, inorganic arsenic, and/or lead.
• Seven of those 21 juices could harm children who drink 4 ounces (½ cup) or more a day; nine of them pose risks to kids at 8 ounces (1 cup) or more a day.
• Five of the products with elevated levels are juice boxes or pouches ranging from 4 to 6.75 ounces. These pose a risk to a child who drinks more than one box or pouch per day.
• Ten of the juices pose a risk to adults: five of them at 4 ounces or more a day, and five at 8 ounces or more a day.
• Grape juice and juice blends had the highest average heavy metal levels.
• Juice brands marketed for children did not fare better or worse than other juices.
• Organic juices did not have lower levels of heavy metals than conventional ones.
So, the best way as a parent to reduce your child’s exposure to heavy metals in fruit juice is to limit how much fruit juice they drink, or substitute fruit juices for vegetable juices that you make yourself in a good quality juicer.
Apart from parents reducing or stopping giving fruit juices to their children and themselves, another thing that can be done is a natural toxic metal elimination programme that can help to detoxify heavy metals from body of their children, and themselves.
Why would you want to do this? Well, reading this article, one can conclude that heavy metals are everywhere and very difficult to completely avoid these days – however careful we are with our food choices. We will always be exposed to heavy metals to a greater or lesser degree.
This is why it is important to also undertake toxic metal detox protocols for all the family. The question, is what is the best choice as there are so many on the market?
This can be used by all the family and there are also children’s dosages too.
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Another excellent way of giving this to children, even though it is made with vegetable glycerine and is sweet (children love it) is to try mixing it in our Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie – give this regularly to maintain optimal health and well-being!