Today on Dr. Oz they revealed that several popular brands of apple juice, including Mott’s and Gerber, contained levels of Arsenic (a toxic metal linked to cancer) exceeding the limits allowed in drinking water.
Not surprisingly, most (if not all) of the offending products contained juice or juice concentrate from countries other than the United States.
Not long ago I remember buying some apple juice on sale, only to read the label after I brought it home. Country of origin: China
Bottom line is that the farther away your food is coming from, the greater the risk that it contains things you don’t want to put into your body. Rules and regulations tend to be followed less strictly in other countries. Remember the toy trains and McDonald’s glasses painted with leaded (Ethyl) paint? How about the pet food tainted with melamine? All brought to you courtesy of China.
For those people that don’t drink apple juice, this isn’t much of a concern. For drinkers (especially heavy drinkers) of apple juice, US-sourced products were much less of a problem than foreign juices.
Better yet, eat the apples rather than drinking juice! I frequently see organic apples on sale at Whole
Paycheck Foods for 99¢/lb.
I really have to applaud Dr. Oz for tackling this issue of food purity. He even made some calls himself (if only for dramatic effect) and got stonewalled by most of the companies he called. It even made our local news!
Organic juices are much less likely to contain unwanted contaminants, so if you are financially well-off this would be a good idea. Otherwise, stick with “Made in America” and “Made with US apples” products.
By the way, remember the saying “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Dr. Oz focused on arsenic in apple juice. Just think about what else is in our food supply! (Or, if you want to maintain your sanity, maybe you shouldn’t…)
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Robert J. Stone