Arsenic Levels Lowered In Apple Juice

There has been a lot of publicity recently about the FDA’s decision to lower arsenic levels in apple juice.  For a lot of people, the bigger question is why is there arsenic in apple juice to start with?

Did you know there are low levels of arsenic in drinking water? Arsenic is an element naturally occurring in the earth’s crust and seeps into our food, water, soil and pesticides.

High levels can be dangerous over time, as arsenic can cause cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass., Joshua Hamilton said, “Low-level exposures in the womb and during childhood can set the stage for problems later in life.” 1

This is a problem for many reasons but mainly because arsenic is also found at a higher level in apple juice. This is particularly alarming because apple juice is the second most popular juice in the United States.

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