There are already good reasons not to drink a lot of fruit juice.
It’s swimming in sugar. Plus juice is lacking in important nutrients you’d get in the whole fruit such as fiber.
But if you’re still knocking back a glass with breakfast, you’re going to want to keep reading.
Because Consumer Reports just dropped a BOMBSHELL. And it could finally have you swearing off juice forever.
It turns out your morning glass of juice may be slowly poisoning you. According to a scathing new report, with each swallow you could be drinking down toxic heavy metals.
The ugly history of heavy metals in juice
I’ll have more on that new report in a moment. But first, let’s take a quick look at the history of one of Big Food’s dirtiest secrets.
Because this isn’t the first time, we’ve seen juice come under fire.
- In 2010, the Environmental Law Foundation sounded the alarm. They reported 85 percent of the nearly 400 brands of fruit juices and snacks they tested were loaded with unsafe levels of lead.
- Then in 2011, Consumer Reports added more fuel to the fire. Their study found elevated levels of inorganic arsenic and lead in apple and grape juices.
- European researchers confirmed heavy metal contamination was a problem in 2018. The team’s testing revealed high levels of arsenic, nickel, and manganese in four popular fruit juices in 2018.
Heavy metals found in EVERY sample
Now, in a follow-up study, Consumer Reports says the American juice market has NOT cleaned up their act.
And according to their report, even small amounts of juice could hold BIG risks. As little as four ounces, a half a cup, could be a problem.
In their recent study, they examined 45 different juices from 24 different brands. They ranged from big names you’d recognize such as Minute Maid, Mott’s and Gerber to lesser-known store brands.
They were looking for four of the most harmful heavy metals for humans…
- inorganic arsenic
And boy did they find them. In fact, EVERY single juice sampled had a measurable amount of at least one of the metals.
And nearly half contained potentially dangerous levels of lead, inorganic arsenic, or cadmium.
Heavy metals harm your health
Heavy metals are bad news for any of us. They can build up in your body for years impairing your cells, tissues, and organs.
Chronic exposure can cause symptoms ranging from depression to aching joints. And long term exposure could raise your risk for high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, and even cancer.
And for kids, the damage can be permanent.
Children who regularly drink juice contaminated with heavy metals could be at risk for developmental delays, learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and lower IQs.
Low in fiber and high in sugar, juice has never been a great choice for you or the kids or grandkids. But it looks like its questionable nutrition is the least of your worries.
So go ahead and ditch the juice, and the heavy metal contamination right along with it. Choose organic whole fruits instead. And if you simply must have juice, make it a moderate amount and squeeze it yourself.