OMG! Yes, a study released by Consumer Reports found that a whopping 10% of storebought fruit juices have higher levels of arsenic than is allowed by FDA standards.
The major concern here–besides the fact that arsenic is ridiculously toxic–is that by drinking these juices, the arsenic will accumulate in one’s body and over time lead to some very serious and chronic health issues like cancer.
“What we’re talking about here is not about acute affects,” Urvashi Rangan, senior scientist at Consumer Reports states,“We’re talking about chronic effects. We’re talking about cancer risk. And so, the fact that 10 percent of our samples exceeded the drinking water standard underscores the need for a standard to be set in juices.”
Good fact to know: The brand with the lowest arsenic level was Welch’s Pourable Concentrate 100% Apple Juice (1.1-4.3 total arsenic ppb). Other juices with low arsenic levels include: America’s Choice Apple; Tropicana 100% Apple; and Red Jacket Orchards 100% Apple.
But bottom line, only drink juices from organically grown fruits that are free of preservatives and additives. I know they are more expensive, but the way I look at it is: pay now or pay later. Because, as you know, cancer sucks.