ARSENIC IN FRUIT JUICES
The organic forms of arsenic are essentially harmless.Some scientific studies have shown that two forms of organic arsenic found in apple juice, dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) and monomethylarsinic acid (MMA), may also be a health concern. From a December 16, 2011 statement on the FDA’s website. The statement was in response to an episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
The reason that there is arsenic found in these juices mostly has to do with what is sprayed on apples, grapes, and other fruits that the juices are made from. Many (maybe even most) countries that we import produce from, have little or no regulation as far as herbicides and pesticides are concerned. Chemicals that are banned for use by American agriculture are manufactured right here in the good ole USA, and then shipped overseas to be sprayed on foreign crops. The produce is then imported back into America and labeled “Safe” by the FDA. Look at any list of the worst fruits and vegetables for chemical residues, and you will always notice that grapes are at or near the top, with apples not far behind.
By the way, there is a reason that the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that babies under 6 months old completely avoid juice; and that they also suggest no more than a maximum of 6 oz per day until they are 6 years old and no more than 12 oz per day after that. Little (i.e. none) of this has to do with arsenic. It has to do with the fact that most “juices” are really only a small percentage of juice, and mostly CHLORINATED / FLUORIDATED SUGAR WATER (the whole mess being pasteurized so that anything vital and living is killed). How many kids do you know who drink mass quantities of juice because mom thinks it’s healthier than other drinks like SODA? Is it any wonder that we have an epidemic of UNCONTROLLED BLOOD SUGAR and DIABETES in this country?