Arsenic in Apple Juice

What is arsenic?

Arsenic is a substance found in nature, or as a result of pollution. There are two forms of arsenic, organic and inorganic. Organic arsenic is considered harmless, while inorganic arsenic is considered harmful if ingested.

How does arsenic get into apple juice?

Apple trees suck up contaminates, such as arsenic, out of polluted soils. This dangerous substance is passed onto apples, which are then transferred into apple juice.

Both organic and inorganic forms of arsenic are found in water supplies and soils. The apples grown in arsenic laden soils and watered with contaminated waters, suck up the toxins. The poison is soon passed on to humans in the form of apple juice.

Arsenic levels of soils and water vary depending upon location and how polluted the area may be. Furthermore, many pesticides and herbicides contain arsenic. The US agricultural industry stopped using these pesticides around 1970, but traces of the toxins can still be found in domestically grown foods decades later.

American apple juice companies obtain a majority of their apples from areas of the world, such as Asia and South America, where arsenic laced pesticides are still used, or the soils and waters are very contaminated. Thus, the levels of arsenic found in apple juice are much higher than they would be if the product was exclusively homegrown.

What can arsenic do?

Arsenic is highly toxic and is a carcinogen. Ingesting arsenic can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, partial paralysis, and blindness. Eventually, this poisonous substance can lead to cancer of the skin, bladder, liver, kidneys, sinuses, lungs, and prostates.

What can be done?

Many believe that drinking organic apple juice is one way to avoid ingesting arsenic. Although going organic may lessen the amount of arsenic consumed, it does not eliminate it. Since it is near impossible to find uncontaminated soils and waters for growing toxin-free crops, all apples, even organic, have traces of arsenic.

There is no avoiding arsenic in apple juice, and although drinking apple juice may be avoided, all crops have traces of arsenic and other toxins. Zeolite can be taken daily, and even mixed into apple juice, to pull any arsenic out of the body’s cells.

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