My wife and I have a four year-old son who is a healthy picky eater. To make sure he gets enough nutrition every day, we give him a whole-food nutritional supplement. And to make easier for him to consume, we mix this nutritional supplement in a juice mixture.
However, there has been some recent news regarding fruit juices and the amount of arsenic and lead allowed in them.
So my wife has been doing some research about arsenic and lead in fruit juices and this is what she found:
Per the FDA, a safe amount of arsenic in juices is 10 ppb (parts per billion) and a safe amount of lead is 5 ppb for drinking water. Currently, there are no standards concerning the amount of lead in juices.
The FDA has been asked by advocate group Consumers Union, to adopt the standard of 3 ppb of arsenic and 5 ppb of lead in juices.
So according to what the Consumers Union recommends, here's what I think we should buy:
Tropicana 100% Apple Juice, Juicy Juice 100% Apple Juice, Nature's Own 100% Apple …
New studies have confirmed arsenic is indeed in many popular apple juices.
Consumer Reports tested eighty-eight samples of popular brands of grape and apple juice sold in the U.S., including Welch's, Minute Maid and Mott's.
The results revealed that ten percent of the juices "had total arsenic levels greater than the FDA's standard for drinking water of ten parts per billion (ppb), while twenty-five percent of juices also had lead levels higher than the FDA's bottled water limit of five ppb."
In addition, data on arsenic in adult urine from the Centers for Disease Control showed that men and women who drank apple or grape juice in a twenty-four hour period had, "on average, about twenty percent higher levels of total urinary arsenic than those subjects who did not."
Consumer Reports went on to say that the arsenic tested an…
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It begins to answer the question of why some runners who appear healthy can suddenly die, when they showed no evidence of heart issues.
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