Study finds alarming amounts of heavy metals in fruit juices

Boys drinking fresh orange juice during breakfast with family

Juice is not only packed with sugar, but according to a new study, it can also contain heavy metals. The study found that out of 45 tested fruit juices, 21 of them had elevated levels of heavy metals, including cadmium, lead, mercury and inorganic arsenic.

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Many of these juices are marketed to children, who are especially sensitive to heavy metals. The study showed no difference between conventional and organic juice, name brands and store brands, or juices in boxes and pouches. The study also found that more than 80% of parents give their small children (age 3 or younger) juice, as much as once a day or more. The report’s chief scientific officer, James Dickerson, Ph.D., says:

In some cases, drinking just 4 ounces a day – or half a cup – is enough to raise concern. 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.

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One comment

  1. Kenrick
    Well that’s the icing on the proverbial cake as far as fruit juices are concerned ...not that sensible people drink them or give them to their kids ...if they must have fruit ( debatable ) then at least give them the whole fruit - not processed pulp ...then the fibre will go some way in slowing down the frusctose ...not stop it mind you ...just slow it down!


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