Is your favorite juice harboring high levels of harmful heavy metals?

We know that being overweight isn’t good for you and that obesity is a killer. Research suggests that being obese could make you 75 percent more likely to die too soon.

Research also tells us that it’s sugary drinks, specifically soda, that are the real killers, and not just because they make you gain weight…

  • People who consume sugary drinks regularly — one to two cans a day or more — have a 26 percent greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely have such drinks
  • In one study, one can of a sugary drink per day increased heart attack risk by 20 percent.
  • In another, a daily can of soda increased the risk of gout by 75 percent. When gout becomes chronic, it can lead to bone loss and kidney disease.

So, it’s pretty clear why we need a substitute for those cans of soda. Many people turn to fruit juices as their answer.

They’re natural… a perfect solution, right?

Except that, too much of the “natural” sugar in fruit juices can also cause health problems. That’s because your body processes them exactly the same way it processes any other sugar.

And now, there’s even worse news…

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A new report has uncovered some disturbing news which, at the same time, is not surprising.

When a team at Consumer Reports tested 45 different fruit juice brands for the heavy metals mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and lead, they found that every single product contained a measurable amount of at least one of the four, except for mercury.

Twenty-one of those samples contained levels that the researchers called “concerning” for anyone drinking them every day. Seven of the samples had enough heavy metal to harm a child who drinks only half a cup per day.

Most children drink a lot more fruit juice than that. But make no mistake, it’s not just children who are at risk.

Even in small amounts, lead in the blood has been linked to a range of symptoms in adults, including cognitive decline, kidney disease, anemia, and hypertension.

Not to mention, other sources of exposure to cadmium and arsenic can compound this newfound juice threat:

  • Exposure to cadmium, also found in women’s costume jewelry, causes neurological damage, COPD, hypertension and kidney disease.
  • Arsenic is already hard to escape in our environment, so why drink it? Long-term exposure to arsenic can cause skin and lung cancer, neurological damage and heart disease.

Juice companies call results “unfounded”

Not much of a surprise here either.

The Juice Products Associations, whose board members include executives from Welch’s and Pepsico, say they have not yet seen the full Consumer Reports study. Nevertheless, they’re calling the results “unfounded.”

A spokesperson also said that there is “no scientific evidence” that trace levels of heavy metals have caused any negative health outcomes.

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It’s more than likely that this off-the-cuff statement is based more on protecting profits than on any thorough research.

They certainly didn’t speak to Dr. Leo Trasande.

Dr. Trasande is the Director of Environmental Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine. He says. “The science is increasingly telling us that… even a small amount of exposure can disrupt hormones and contribute to disease.”

How to protect yourself from heavy metals

To see if you’re drinking a dangerous juice, you can view lists at But it’s a great idea to begin cutting down on these poisons in your life. Start by making informed choices about juices you bring into your home, and follow these steps to be on the safe side:

  1. Purify your water. Various types of water filters protect against specific heavy metals. EWG’s Water Filter Guide can help you select one that filters specific heavy metals and other contaminants you know are in your water.
  2. Modified Citrus Pectin. Dr. Isaac Eliaz recommends cleansing with this supplement that binds to heavy metals and removes them from the body.
  3. Eat cleansing foods including organic vegetables, particularly cruciferous ones like broccoli and cabbage.
  4. Check your dishes for metallic trim that are likely to contain lead and cadmium.

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  1. New report finds heavy metals like arsenic and lead in 45 packaged fruit juices — CBS News
  2. Arsenic and Lead Are in Your Fruit Juice: What You Need to Know — Consumer Reports
  3. Is Fruit Juice Healthier Than Soda? — Consumer Reports
  4. Fact Sheet: Sugary Drink Supersizing And The Obesity Epidemic — Harvard School of Public Health
Joyce Hollman

By Joyce Hollman

Joyce Hollman is a writer based in Kennebunk, Maine, specializing in the medical/healthcare and natural/alternative health space. Health challenges of her own led Joyce on a journey to discover ways to feel better through organic living, utilizing natural health strategies. Now, practicing yoga and meditation, and working towards living in a chemical-free home, her experiences make her the perfect conduit to help others live and feel better naturally.