Monday, March 25, 2019

One more reason why parents should not give kid's juice

Fruitjuice has beenfallng out of favour for its high sugar con- tent and low nutritional value. Now parents have another reason to pull the plug: heavy metals. According to a study released on Wednesday by Consumer Re ports, measurable levels of cadmi- um, inorganic arsenic, mercury or lead were found in every single one of the 45 juice products it tested from major brands sold across the US. Almost half of the juices had metal levels so high they were dee- med concerning, with seven of the products posting heavy metal con- centrations high enough to harm children who drink as little as 4 ounces —about half a cup-a day. "Therisks we assessed wereall due to chronic exposure-persistent, daily intake over an extended pe riod of time,', James Dickerson, Consumer Reports chief scientific. officer, said in an interview. "Whet- her you're an adult or a child, it's a good idea to try to reduce the amo- unt of non-refrigerated, ready to drinkjuice."
RTo befair, it would be impossible to remove all heavy metals from fo- od and drinks, since some can oc- cur naturally, Dickerson said. Tox- ins can find their way into foods through water, air and soil. or they can be added unintentionally at manufacturing plants or in pro- duct packaging. In some of the jui- ces tested, thelevelof asingle metal wasn't concerning, but combined, they could have an adverse effecton children's developing brain and nervous systems, the report said. Organic juice, or juice marketed for children, isn't necessarily safer: Neither group performed any bet- ter than other juices, Consumer Re- ports found. In general, grape juice and juice blends had the highest av- erage heavy metal levels, the report said. Certain juices from Minute Maid, RW Knudsen, Gerber, We- lch's, Mott's and Juicy Juice were listed as potentially risky at either a cup or half cup aday. Some in-house juice brandsfrom Trader Joe's, Wal- mart Inc., CVS Health Corp. and Whole Foods Market Inc. were also found to be potentially harmful. "All Welch's juice is safe and strictly complies with all foodsafety regulationsforjuice—inthe United States and in other countries aro und the world," Jackie Lee, senior manager of brand engagement for Welch's, said in an email. Gerber, owned by Nestle SA, said it uses so me of the most precise analytical equipment and test methods ava- lable to carry out regular tests. The other companies did not respond to requests for comment. By the times of india
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