Is There Arsenic in Our Apple Juice?

Is There Arsenic in Our Apple Juice? 1An apple a day keeps the doctor away and fresh apple juice has many health benefits as it carries a significant amount of vitamins A and C. There are compounds in apples and apple juice called phytonutrients which act in the same way as red wine and herbal tea as in they delay the break down of LDL or “bad” cholesterol. When LDL oxidizes, or deteriorates in the blood, plaque starts forming along the walls of the coronary artery and causes a dangerous thickening of the artery, called atherosclerosis. But a study carried out by The Dr Oz Show in the States showed that there may be dangerous levels of arsenic in boxed and bottled apple juices. The problem being that although arsenic levels are heavily regulated in the USA, in just one bottle of juice there can be concentrates from upto seven different countries where the levels are not so stringently tested.

To understand further, it is worth knowing exactly how much arsenic is allowed in normal drinking water in the US. The EPA has a limit on arsenic in drinking water – the level allowed is 10 parts per billion. However, currently, there is no limit on arsenic in apple juice. The Dr. Oz Show tested three dozen samples from five different brands of apple juice across three different American cities, and compared the levels of arsenic to the standard for water. Of these, worringly, 10 samples came back higher than the arsenic limit allowed in drinking water. The results can be seen below:

Minute Maid Apple Juice

Lowest Sample for Arsenic: 2 parts per billion

Highest Sample for Arsenic: 3 parts per billion

Apple and Eve Apple Juice

Lowest Sample for Arsenic: 3 parts per billion

Highest Sample for Arsenic: 11 parts per billion

Mott’s

Lowest Sample for Arsenic: 4 parts per billion

Highest Sample for Arsenic: 16 parts per billion

Juicy Juice

Lowest Sample for Arsenic: 2 parts per billion

Highest Sample for Arsenic: 22 parts per billion

Gerber

Lowest Sample for Arsenic: 3 parts per billion

Highest Sample for Arsenic: 36 parts per billion

So should we be worried about high levels of arsenic in our apple juice? Well the FDA reviewed Oz’s test results and disagreed. They stated that arsenic is both a naturally occurring and inorganic heavy metal and high levels of inorganic arsenic can be fatal. However, the organic form is essentially harmless. As The “Dr. Oz Show” only tested for the total amount, it was deemed that arsenic levels found in the sample of juice taken were well within safe limits, almost zero.

 

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