Apple Juice Probably Not Going to Kill You, FDA Says
If you don’t have a job outside the home or just have really bad taste in television and science and medicine, perhaps you watch the Dr. Oz show.
Dr. Oz is known particularly for embracing what many call pseudo-science- it’s not that much of a shock he got his TV start in a big way from the “law of attraction” embracing Oprah. And while some of his claims or ideas have attracted scorn from more mainstream practitioners of medicine on TV, this time, the Food Drug Administration has taken Dr. Oz to task for some shaky information the doc spread about apple juice.
Yes, apple juice. The stuff we put in the sippy cups of two-year-olds, the most virtuous of juices. Which could, according to Dr. Oz, kill you and everyone you love. While there have not been any wide-scale reports of preschoolers dropping dead en masse from the consumption of the innocuous beverage, according to Dr. Oz, several brands of the popular apple product are secretly harboring arsenic- you know, the stuff Alfred Hitchcock villains use to kill and get away with it.
Minute Maid Apple Juice, Apple and Eve Apple Juice, Mott’s, Juicy Juice, and Gerber were all named and shamed on Dr. Oz’s show earlier this week, undoubtedly striking fear into the hearts of stay-at-home moms across the country. But the FDA cautions consumers to take the juice claims with a grain of salt. In a statement, the regulatory body explained that Dr. Oz did not account for the fact that the difference between inorganic and organic arsenic makes a huge difference as far as dying a sudden death is concerned:
“…you can’t compare water and juice for several critical reasons. They include the fact that inorganic arsenic is the form found in drinking water, whereas organic arsenic is the form mostly found in food, including juices.
FDA will continue to test juices and juice concentrate and evaluate data provided by industry, consumer groups and government agencies, as well as data published in scientific literature. If the agency finds too much inorganic arsenic in any juice, it will take steps to remove that product from the market…”
The trade association for juice makers added:
“The results of tests for arsenic in apple juice that were shared by the Dr. Oz show with the Juice Products Association should not be interpreted as fact. Subsequent testing of the same lots of juice from two of the named brands, using an appropriate method for testing arsenic levels in juice, found significantly lower levels of arsenic, all well under any FDA level of concern.”