Dr. Oz Was RIGHT About Hidden Dangers in Apple Juice

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apple juiceRemember when Dr. Oz did that expose on arsenic in apple juice? And the FDA freaked out? "There is no evidence of any public health risk from drinking these juices," they said. Then on Good Morning America former Oz classmate Dr. Richard Besser accused him of fearmongering. But Dr. Oz would not be stopped. The FDA tried to poke holes into Dr. Oz's study. They claimed that the levels were "essentially harmless." They said most of the arsenic was the safer, "organic" kind from crushed-up apple seeds. Dr. Oz stood by his results.

Now Consumers Union is ganging up on the FDA, too. They did their own test and BOOYAH! Looks like team Oz and arsenic-haters win another round. FDA, I think YOU owe Dr. Oz an apology. There's arsenic in them there apple juice!

Not that I'm glad -- just, you know, now we have hope that the problem will get some action. So how bad is it? Oh it's bad. According to Consumers Union's study:

  • 10 percent of our apple juice has arsenic levels that exceed the limit for drinking water: 10 parts per billion.
  • 25 percent of our apple juice has lead levels that exceed the limit for bottled water: 5 parts per billion.
  • And yes, that's mostly the carcinogenic, inorganic kind or arsenic -- not the "essentially harmless" organic kind.

So, FDA, apple juice companies, let's huddle a moment, 'kay? Because you are clearly losing here. So this is what you need to do. FDA, set some freaking limits for arsenic levels in apple juice just like the nice people at Consumers Union asked you to. I know you have no money to enforce standards, but just DO IT. It's a face-saving gesture. Now repeat after me: "We greatly regret doubting Dr. Oz, especially in such an aggressive, public way. We were wrong. He was right."

And apple juice companies? Set some company standards, start enforcing them (because you do have the money), and then publicize the hell out of them. People will LOVE you for it. Who wants to be the first apple juice company to go public with your super-safe (mostly), arsenic-free apple juice? Cha-ching!

Now that Consumers Union backs up Dr. Oz's claims, are you more convinced that apple juice has too much arsenic? Is it the FDA's responsibility to regulate arsenic in apple juice or should that be up to apple juice companies?


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JHanc968 JHanc968

I just heard about this, I have to look into a little more!

frysh... fryshannon34

Well all i know is that it is delicious tasting arsenic

Andrea Szott

Not sure if SAFE AMOUNTS of arsenic is contradictory...any amount is too high for my guys! No thanks!! AND, just for the record, i cant imagine why so many kids are diagnosed with Autism???HMMMMM!!

nonmember avatar Fran

Over 60% of our apple juice comes from China where there is no regulation of the arsenic levels in the pesticides used.

theco... thecouponlady

perhaps it is a reason we have a rise in autism,I wouldnt be so quick to dismiss that,alot of stuff we eat and frink are dangerous and could very well be putting our kids on the spectrim

nonmember avatar agreeksailor

This article is a bit deceptive. I realize this is a little late, but Dr. Oz is in fact still wrong, and I will tell you why. You are expected to drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day to stay healthy. Far more if you are active. How much apple juice do you drink a day? I'd wager not nearly as much. So drinking water guide lines are far more strict due to the shear volume we consume. The fact of the matter is we are surrounded by lots of things that are bad for us, and it is very difficult to eliminate those things. That is why there are allowances. Now, I want you to consider how small the numbers we are talking about are. If you took and filled the entire empire state building with peas and thought of them as representing apple juice, and then you dropped one more pea on top and considered it arsenic, that would exceed the amount of comparative arsenic being found in even the most concentrated test of apple juice. It is important to understand that just like with all things dangerous you have to understand that danger. Trust the FDA, they have a much better understanding of what they are talking about than you give them credit for.

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