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Poisoned apples

(article, Culinate staff)

The latest food-scare report from Consumer Reports has linked arsenic with fruit juice, specifically apple and grape juice:

bq. Consumer Reports also found mounting scientific evidence suggesting that chronic exposure to arsenic and lead even at levels below federal standards for water can result in serious health problems, especially for those who are exposed in the womb or during early childhood. . . . While federal limits exist for arsenic and lead levels in bottled and drinking water, no limits are defined for fruit juices, which a recent Consumer Reports poll of parents confirms are a mainstay of many children’s diets. 

The blog Fooducate noted that arsenic, a known carcinogen, often gets into our food via pesticides — and went on to point out that apple juice, essentially just a sugary liquid, should be shunned in favor of actual apples.