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Fruit Juices Are Often Loaded With Arsenic and Lead

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Research shows that of 45 fruit juices tested by Consumer Reports, nearly half of them contained elevated levels of heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium and lead
  • While these substances are found naturally in the environment, many of them found in food came from soil or water contaminated by pollution, pesticides or mining
  • When people are exposed to even small amounts of heavy metals from multiple sources, over time the danger multiplies. In short, the toxicity levels are cumulative, and resulting health problems reflect that
  • Even modest amounts of heavy metals have been found to be culpable in serious diseases, including cognitive decline, reproductive problems and Type 2 diabetes
  • Many people think drinking fruit juice is good for them, but juice often contains as much sugar, or worse, “industrialized” sugar, as soda; in fact, fruit juice has been called soda’s “evil twin”

When you reach for fruit juice at the grocery store, it’s safe to say that when you take it home and pour yourself a glass, the possibility of ingesting potentially dangerous substances doesn’t cross your mind.

But a new study reveals there’s about a 50-50 chance that elevated levels of heavy metals will be part of the package when you pick up a bottle, jug or box of apple juice, grape juice or fruit juice blends. When these and other fruit juices sold across the U.S were tested, 45 percent of them were found to contain “concerning” levels of heavy metals.

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