High Arsenic & Lead Levels In Juice: What Parents Should Do About It

After our wise older siblings at Consumer Reports published an investigation into apple and grape juice, finding high levels of arsenic and lead levels in a concerning percentage of samples, parents should know what actions to take to keep their children healthy.

Kids drink a lot of juice, a Consumer Reports poll found — a full 35% drink more than pediatricians advise. Consumer Reports sets out some guidelines to help parents limit juice consumption.

• Avoid giving infants under six months any type of juice.
• Children up to six years old should consume no more than four to six ounces per day.
• Older children should drink no more than eight to 12 ounces a day.
• You can dilute juice with water to help kids adjust to the lower amount they’re drinking. However, you should also check the water in your home for arsenic, and use a filter if those levels are high.

The Today show featured Consumer Reports’ investigation this morning, check out a clip below:

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If you want to support Consumers Union’s efforts to do more food testing and safety analysis, please go to BuySafeEatWell.org for more information and to donate.

Previously: Consumer Reports Study Finds High Levels Of Arsenic & Lead In Apple Juice