Arsenic in Your Apple Juice?
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 16, 2013
Foods4BetterHealth.com, a new food and nutrition web site that believes in using food to heal and prevent disease and illness, and help people live long, happy lives, is announcing its support for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s decision to limit the amount of arsenic found in apple juice to the same level as that allowed in drinking water.
As Foods4BetterHealth notes (http://www.foods4betterhealth.com/arsenic-in-your-apple-juice-3142), there are no regulations regarding the level of arsenic currently allowed in food and juices, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has limited the amount of arsenic in drinking water to 10 parts per billion. After much demand and lobbying from consumer interest groups, the FDA announced last week that it would apply these same limits to the level of arsenic found in apple juice.
As the article “Arsenic in Your Apple Juice?” notes, arsenic is a tasteless and odorless chemical that’s been called a cancer-causing chemical according to a variety of reports. Studies have linked long-term exposure to arsenic with higher rates of cancer, as well as nausea, diarrhea, numbness in hands and feet, and blood vessel damage. Yet this common chemical is naturally found in soil and water—but the inorganic variety is now used in a variety of pesticides that are sprayed on our food.
The report continues to note that consumer organizations demanded to limit the amount of arsenic in apple juice to the same level as that allowed in drinking water not only because arsenic is a dangerous chemical, but also because apple juice is commonly drunk by children, and the negative health effects could gravely damage them as their bodies develop.
The report concludes that while many people are happy with the decision to limit the amount of arsenic in apple juice, some consumer advocates say this is just the beginning. They also want the FDA and EPA to limit the amount of arsenic found in other drinks and food, such as rice, which is grown in water and exposed to high levels of arsenic.
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