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Fixin' Healthcare

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Commercial Fruit Juice

Consumer Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, analyzed fruit juices, mostly apple and some grape, in the grocery stores and found high levels of arsenic plus some lead. This speaks to the issue of pesticides used by fruit growers. Ten percent of the samples contained arsenic levels higher than the federal standard for drinking water and one-quarter tested for lead higher than the FDA standard for bottled water. Generally, commercial fruit juices are very sweet and much of the nutritional value decays over a period of days after juicing. It is better to use whole fruit and wash it well with a vinegar solution and you can prepare your own fruit juice.

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