'If the high sugar content isn’t enough to deter you from drinking juice – or giving it your children – you need to know that you could also be drinking something far worse: heavy metals. This is according to tests that were carried out by Consumer Reports.
The publication recently tested 45 different popular fruit juices that were sold across the nation. They looked at various national, private-label and store brands, including Capri Sun, Great Value, Minute Maid, Ocean Spray, Trader Joe’s, Welch’s, and Gerber, purchasing three samples of each product at retailers throughout the nation. They studied a range of flavors, from individual fruit juices like grape and apple to fruit blends, and they found that nearly half of them contained heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium.
Perhaps even more disconcertingly, many of these juices were marketed toward children. According a Consumer Reports survey of 3,002 parents, more than four fifths of parents say they let their children drink fruit juice at least sometimes; in 74 percent of these cases, they’re drinking it once a day or more.
Unfortunately, children are especially susceptible to the dangerous effects that these substances can cause. In fact, Dr. Jennifer Lowry of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health said: “Exposure to these metals early on can affect their whole life trajectory.”
Adults who drink these chemicals may not fare much better, however. Consumer Reports said that five of the juices they tested pose a risk to adults at amounts of just 4 ounces per day, which is half a cup, and a further five present a risk at 8 ounces per day, or one cup.'
Read more: Would you drink juice with arsenic and lead? Study shows 50 percent of juices tested contain TOXIC heavy metals
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