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Consumer Reports: Arsenic, Lead Found in Dozens of Fruit Juices

By Chris Morris January 30, 2019

A Consumer Reports test of 45 fruit juices sold around the country found elevated levels of heavy metals, including cadmium, lead, mercury, and arsenic, in roughly half the brands sampled.
The juices, which ranged from apple, grape, and pear to fruit blends, are found in major retailers nationwide and include a wide range of store and commercial brands.
Seven juices presented a potential risk to people who consumed just a half-cup, or four ounces, per day: Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice, Whole Foods’ 365 Everyday Value Organic 100% Concord Grape Juice, R.W. Knudsen Organic Just Concord Grape Juice, Welch’s 100% Concord Grape Juice, Welch’s 100% White Grape Juice, Walmart’s Great Value 100% Cranberry Grape Juice, and Welch’s 100% Juice with Antioxidant Superberry.
Heavy metals are dangerous to both children and adults, but more so to children because they’re still developing. Children are big consumers of fruit juices, with one Consumer Reports survey finding that 74% of kids drink juice once or more per day.
Given the severity of the exposure, heavy metals can cause a number of issues in children including lower IQ, type 2 diabetes, attention deficit disorder and cancer. Experts note that the risk from any one source, including fruit juices, is low, but as people are exposed to small doses from many sources, including baby food and rice cereal, the risk grows.
Each of the 45 products had measurable levels of at least one heavy metal. In addition to the seven that pose a risk to children at four ounces per day, another nine pose risks to kids who drink a cup, or eight ounces, a day. Ten of those 16 juices also pose a risk to adults.
Grape juices and juice blends had the highest average levels of heavy metals. And it didn’t make a difference if a brand was organic or not.
Most of the companies, in statements to Consumer Reports, said they did their own testing of juices and were within government regulations.
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Re: [Allen4862] A Report for any mothers to be wary of In reply to
Thanks for letting us know!
Blessings ~ Sarah
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Re: [praizeop2] A Report for any mothers to be wary of In reply to
My pleasure. I never would have thought juice would be dangerous but, I don't know a lot of things do I?
God bless,
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Re: [Allen4862] A Report for any mothers to be wary of In reply to
Here is a bit more from this site:

<<Overall, the new test results point to a reduction in heavy metals, compared with results from tests performed several years ago. So, this is a sign of progress. But, the FDA says, "We know there is more work to be done to reduce these elements in our food supply and we place a high priority on reducing exposure among infants and children, as the very young are more susceptible to their potential adverse health effects."

"Research from Dartmouth and other institutions has shown that arsenic at levels below 10 parts per billion may have health effects on people and children," the researchers told us in an email. "Ultimately, reducing exposure to all sources of arsenic is important to keep exposure levels as low as possible and if you have a private well with arsenic in your water, eat a lot of rice and drink a lot of juice, it is recommended that you reduce or change those exposure sources."

On the same site, Dr. Carolyn Murray of Dartmouth offers this advice to consumers: "Take action to reduce arsenic if you're a pregnant woman, or have kids. Arsenic is harmful to child growth, development and brain function. Kids consume more food and water per pound of body weight, so they are more likely than other age groups to be exposed to too much arsenic."

It can be tricky to identify a specific risk threshold for arsenic in food and beverages other than water, because the science is not yet there to provide the epidemiological data needed to set a standard, according to the scientists at the Dartmouth toxic metals program. They note that such research is underway at a variety of institutions.
The Dartmouth scientists point out that trace levels of heavy metals can end up in food through a variety of sources. Metals can be naturally present in the soil. Past use of pesticides can also leave metal residues. Metals can also be present in the water used to irrigate crops, or they can be in water sprayed directly onto trees and plants, in countries outside the U.S.>> you can read, these risks have been with us for many decades, but our food quality is steadily getting better and not worse. And, as arsenic is a naturally occurring element, humans have nearly always been exposed to it to some degree. Take a look at many fruit seeds, which contain poisons, such as the apple:

<<Apple seeds contain a plant compound known as amygdalin. ... It is harmless when intact, but when the seeds are damaged, chewed or digested, amygdalin degrades into hydrogen cyanide. This is very poisonous and even lethal in high doses. Cyanide has been used as a poison throughout history.>>

This is just to say that the "new scare" should be taken with a grain of salt. If a child drinks nothing but quarts of fruit juice during the day...and I know some do...then that is just poor parenting, for that is a lot of sugar besides being risky with the heavy metals. Some kids drink nothing but soda, which is worse by far than a couple of small glasses of fruit juice a day.

"The Ox is slow, but the Earth is patient."
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Thanks for the information, Jeanne. I am glad they are working to improve the quality of our food. My kids loved juice and, when they were growing up, we thought nothing about giving it to them. At the same time, we didn't think about lead based paint then either. As more research is done, things change. Parents become more knowledgeable and learn what and what not to feed their children.
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Hi Allen.

So true.

One of the biggest problems I have found with toxins is in the VOCs of indoor odorizes, such as candles, plug ins, sprays, potpourri, etc.

Many years ago, the paint industry was made to remove VOCs from much of the paint used inside houses and go to water-based paints with low Volatile Organic Compounds for tinting.

Now...the indoor fragrance explosion has turned homes into horrible atmospheres with upper and lower respiratory irritants and eye irritants and is increasing the problems of asthma in children.

The more you inhale, the less tolerable you become to other odors, until the best thing you can do is just totally remove all from your home and body and let healing take place.

Read this:

<<Unplug indoor pollutants for a breath of fresh air
Allergists say home fragrance products may cause respiratory problems.

BOSTON (November 6, 2011) - Sales of home air fresheners and scented candles are on the rise and so are respiratory problems in homes where these products are used, according to allergists at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) in Boston, Nov 3-8.

This is a much bigger problem than people realize, said Stanley Fineman, MD, ACAAI president-elect. About 20 percent of the population and 34 percent of people with asthma report health problems from air fresheners. We know air freshener fragrances can trigger allergy symptoms, aggravate existing allergies and worsen asthma.

Home fragrance products may smell fresh, but Dr. Fineman warns many of these products contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are merely covering up not eliminating odors in the home. VOCs commonly found in air fresheners include: formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, limonene, esters and alcohols.

Studies show that even VOC exposure levels below currently accepted recommendations increase risk of asthma in children. High concentrations of VOCs can trigger eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, and even memory impairment. In his presentation, Dr. Fineman discusses a study of plug-in deodorizers that included more than 20 different VOCs, with more than one third of those classified as toxic or hazardous.

Despite research showing some air fresheners contain VOCs at toxic or hazardous levels based on federal guidelines, the home fragrance industry is expected to see continued growth, reaching $8.3 billion in global sales by 2015. So, why the fondness for air fresheners?

There has been a shift among home fragrance consumers that pleasant smelling homes are not just for the holidays, Dr. Fineman said. We also are seeing a trend by manufacturers to market these products as aromatherapy which implies health and mood-boosting benefits although there are no scientific studies to support these claims.

For consumers who desire a fresh scent without the associated health risks, Dr. Fineman recommends opening windows to let in Mother Nature rather than selecting products labeled organic or green. Products marketed as all-natural or even those that are unscented can emit hazardous chemicals said Dr. Fineman. "The safest option is to avoid exposure to pollutants that air fresheners emit.

While Dr. Fineman believes consumers need to be aware of what they are bringing into their homes, he also adds that allergists need to be vigilant about asking patients about exposure to scented products, and they need to keep this potential trigger on their radar.

Allergists have the training and expertise to treat more than just the allergy symptoms. Those who suspect home fragrances may be triggering allergy symptoms, aggravating existing allergies or worsening asthma should see an allergist a doctor who is an expert in diagnosing and treating allergies and asthma. To learn more about allergies and asthma, take a free relief self-test or find an allergist near you, visit
The ACAAI is a professional medical organization of more than 6,000 allergists-immunologists and allied health professionals, headquartered in Arlington Heights, Ill. The College fosters a culture of collaboration and congeniality in which its members work together and with others toward the common goals of patient care, education, advocacy and research. ACAAI allergists are board-certified physicians trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer immunotherapy, and provide patients with the best treatment outcomes. For more information and to find relief, visit Join us on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.>>
"The Ox is slow, but the Earth is patient."
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Hello Jeanne,
I can't count the number of candles sitting on our tables etc. Your article reminds me of the song, "Everything I love is Killing ME." WHAT'S A MAN TO DO? Until recently, I had a dog inside and the odor needed to be dealt with. I have had cats inside who are outside now. Some day scientist will discover the solution.
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Allen: Hi.

Solution for those who are not knowingly allergic is to get in some nice scented house plants, like hyacinths, lillies, etc. and look after them.

Plug in 'scenty' things are designed to make you go out and buy more. The aim is to get more sales, make more money, have a ready made addicted market.

There is no substitute for fresh air and mother nature.
In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 2 Cor. 5:19. Love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Pet.4:8b.

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rdrcofe: Feb 5, 2019, 3:50 AM
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I agree with the fresh air and sunshine technique.

Everybody has a different favorite scent, but the VOCs that are in "air fresheners" are toxic, which means that a little can make you feel icky or sick and a lot can often kill you.

More is not better and of course, even natural scents, such as cinnamon oil and others, can be just as irritating to some, if they are not actually toxic.

It is the overload that finally gets to your eyes, nose, lungs, lips, tongue, so limiting your exposure is always better for your health.

Hope you get some relief with those dogs, Allen.

"The Ox is slow, but the Earth is patient."