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Too Much Arsenic in Our Juice? Consumer Reports Says Yes

Too Much Arsenic in Our Juice? Consumer Reports Says Yes

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A Consumer Reports investigation has found excessive levels of arsenic in fruit juices, with apple and grape juices having some of the highest levels. The type of arsenic was not just organic, but inorganic, the form that has been linked to human cancers.

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In September, Dr. Oz aired a segment on his television program that highlighted the arsenic content in some popular brands of fruit juice. According to the Boston Globe, he hired ESML Analytical Inc. to test various juices for arsenic content. They found that of the 36 brands of apple juice they tested, 10 exceeded 10 parts per billion of arsenic, which Dr. Oz contends the limit should be set to. One reached 36 parts per billion.

The FDA’s limit is 23 parts per billion for juice, as the FDA believes that people will consumer more water than juice in a day. Therefore, the agency allows more arsenic in juice because the greater consumption of water will “balance out” the greater arsenic content. Read more: http://www.newsytype.com/13756-consumer-reports-arsenic-in-juice/

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ABC News senior health and medical editor Richard Besser, who initially criticized Dr. Oz for the segment GuianneO mentioned, apologized to Oz after the Consumer Reports investigation was released: http://bit.ly/v47rmh

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Dr. Oz describing high levels of arsenic in fruit juice in this segment has been charged with mockery from viewers and by some groups. The Food and drug administration was also not amused by him. However,this new study by Consumer Reports has backed up his claims. I guess people should be more educated with what is the difference between the organic and inorganic arsenic in order for them to analyze the product content they are consuming if it's dangerous or not.
Learn more at: http://www.newsytype.com/13756-consumer-reports-arsenic-in-juice/

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