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Pediatric dentists have long told parents that drinking apple juice rots kids teeth. Now there is a new study that should cause more concern for parents who serve up endless sippy cups of apple juice to thirsty toddlers.
According to an independent study released by the St. Petersburg Times newspaper, apple juice contains high levels of arsenic.
That's right you read it right. Arsenic. The stuff they use in TMC movies when they want to poison someone. (Think Cary Grant's elderly murderous aunts in 'Arsenic and Old Lace').
A few years ago the government lowered the limit of arsenic in drinking water but somehow the FDA overlooked or forgot to place limits on fruit juices. They have told companies that 23 ppb (parts per billion) is a 'level of concern' but the newspaper's study found that more than 25% of the 18 samples tested contained between 25 and 35 ppb of arsenic which is way more than a 'level of concern.' (Don't you just love the bureaucratic terminology?)
Some well known brands that didn't pass the arsenic test include Motts and Apple & Eve Organics, which were found to have 25 to 35 ppb of arsenic.
Before you freak out completely, it turns out that small amounts of arsenic is found in lots of food, the water supply and is used in sprays applied to apples. However, ingesting high levels of arsenic over a long time has been linked to a list of unpleasant ailments like organ damage.
The FDA issued a statement meant to mollify parents concerned over 'levels of concern.'
"We don't have any evidence at this point to say that we feel there's a risk issue that you need to be mindful of," said P. Michael Bolger, the FDA's chief of chemical hazards assessment.