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Dr. Oz Uncovers the Hidden Danger Lurking in Apple Juice

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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I saw this in The Stir - What do you think of this? Will you avoid apple juice now?

Dr. Oz Uncovers the Hidden Danger Lurking in Apple Juice
Posted by Adriana Velez on September 13, 2011

apple juiceIn the latest episode of "Things to Fear in Your Food," we're looking at "Arsenic in Your Apple Juice." Yes, arsenic, the toxic metalloid associated with cancer, organ failure, and death, may be lurking in your sweet, innocent apple juice. It's just like in the movie Arsenic and Old Lace where the two elderly spinsters kill off lonely old bachelors with elderberry wine spiked with the poison -- only not nearly as entertaining.

Dr. Oz and his team recently tested five popular brands of apple juice and found elevated levels of arsenic. Mind you, "elevated" is not a trivial amount. It means levels higher than what's allowed in drinking water. It means levels you might not want to be consuming daily, or even weekly, because arsenic likes to build up in your system. It's not a visitor; it's a permanent house guest who never leaves but just keeps getting bigger and more obnoxious.

Out of 36 samples (they tested the same brands multiple times just to be thorough), 10 exceeded the limits for drinking water set by the EPA, and some even measured above "levels of concern." Those levels are based on people consuming just 4 ounces a day. Who stops at just 4 ounces? Not even most children.

"As a doctor and a parent, it's concerning to me that there could be toxins such as arsenic in juice we are giving to our kids," said Dr. Oz. "While we do not know of any cases of poisonings, we do know that arsenic is a substance that shouldn't be in food and could be associated with various public health problems such as cancer."

He thinks we should have standards for allowable levels of arsenic for juice just like we do for water. Oh, ya think, Dr. Oz? And what the hell is arsenic doing in apple juice in the first place?!

Maybe we should blame China. Oh, you didn't know we import apple juice from China? Well, we do. You will recall the fun we had with melamine-tainted food a while back. Good times. The U.S. has banned the use of arsenic in pesticides, but we have no control over what comes in from other countries. Even if we weren't importing apple juice, arsenic can sneak into apples from contaminated soil and water here at home. 

Some might say, "Eh, I drink apple juice all the time and I'm not dead yet." But I'm getting a little tired of hearing about friends and family members getting cancer after living otherwise healthy lives. I'm trying to minimize my exposure to toxins, so I would like to know which foods out there may have "elevated" levels of arsenic in them.

At this point you're probably wondering which brands of apple juice you should be avoiding. So am I. But we will have to wait for Dr. Oz to do the big reveal on the show, which happens Wednesday. Apparently he names names! Can't wait.

So yeah, enjoy your orange juice -- unless there's something wicked hiding in that, too.

Are you steering clear of apple juice now?

by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:00 PM
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AllofFive19
by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Are you sure it's arsenic and not cyanide? Cyanide is found naturally in apple seeds, so if they grind the seeds, the cyanide would leach into the juice.

htreveth
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM

I am so sick and tired of reading about foods produced by companies who only care about profit because, really, that is what it boils down to doesn't it? Our lack of government oversight is disgusting yet somehow the FDA is looked upon as helpful to the general public.

And, as a consumer, what are we supposed to do? Buy organic? Well, that is great in theory but if you are on a limited budget I am thinking organic is last on the list since it is costly. So, for me, I will not buy any more applejuice. But, I am jaded enough to know that will probably not make a difference in companies having higher ethics and truly caring about the consumer.

So frustrating!

e-doolittle
by Kelly on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

I've heard this before.  We don't drink juice in our house.  Sometimes I will use my juicer as a treat.

C_Medlin
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM
How do you tell if your apple juice was one that was tested? We drink walmart great value brand and it doesn't stated anything about arsenic, only that it has water, apple juice, and a type of acid
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C_Medlin
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:11 PM
Oh I just finished ready duh. I don't like that show to begin with so I guess I will have to wait for it to come out in the news.
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amy7243
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:14 PM
Jmo~they find something bad with every food then next year that food will be on the top 10 healthy foods. We will still drink apple juice.
KylesMom409
by Linnette on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM
I agree.


Quoting htreveth:

I am so sick and tired of reading about foods produced by companies who only care about profit because, really, that is what it boils down to doesn't it? Our lack of government oversight is disgusting yet somehow the FDA is looked upon as helpful to the general public.


And, as a consumer, what are we supposed to do? Buy organic? Well, that is great in theory but if you are on a limited budget I am thinking organic is last on the list since it is costly. So, for me, I will not buy any more applejuice. But, I am jaded enough to know that will probably not make a difference in companies having higher ethics and truly caring about the consumer.


So frustrating!


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jesmoore27028
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Dr. Oz is airing in my area right now and it just finished the segment about the juice. I am truly upset by this b/c my boys drink a great deal of apple juice, especially Juicy Juice and Minute Maid. And like Dr. Oz said most kids don't drink just one juice box a day my boys drink juice with lunch, snacks and dinner, granted I water them down once they are in their cups but still it's enough to make you wonder if there will be any affects on them. My oldest has had several health problems and it kind of makes me wonder if maybe that played apart b/c he was and still does drink a good amount of juice. I'm on a fixed budget so organic isn't going to make my list I just wish the FDA would do something about it like they are other things.

michelleinfl
by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM

So which brands was it?

meghansmommy987
by Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 4:49 PM
Not sure what to believe. Not a fan of his. Jusy bought some apple juice for my dd 'cause she is having BM problems & that is what the doctor said to drink. I am not a fan of giving juice, every once and awhile sure, but not everyday. Usually she drinks milk or water
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