22 Jul

Heavy Metals in Protein Drinks – Arsenic, Fungicide in Juice, Rice

Posted by Norman F

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Consumerreports.org reports that some Protein Drinks like Muscle milk are contaminated with heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. They recently investigated 15 drinks and found that most people already had enough protein. Some of the drinks even posed a health risk, due to the presence of possibly harmful heavy metals.

Federal regulations do not generally require that these protein drinks and other dietary supplements be tested to ensure that they are safe and free of contaminants.

Cadmium is a carcinogen, lead is a toxic, as are the other contaminates.

Be careful and read up on the dangers, if you regularly drink these protein drinks.

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Heavy Metals, Arsenic in Juice

In July, 2013 the Food and Drug Administration finally set a limit on the amount of arsenic in Apple juice. Public outcry after consumer safety groups including Consumer Reports exposed the problem was instrumental in getting this done. The FDA found that 5% of Apple juice samples did not meet their new standards.

They also conducted tests in 2011 on several samples of juice and found that several contained arsenic levels higher than Federal limits for bottled water. Lead Arsenate pesticides were once widely used in orchards, so residue is probably causing the issue.

Recommendation is to minimize the amount of juice drunken and to dilute it with water whenever possible.

Fungicide in Juice

Orange Juice from Coca-Cola and PepsiCo were recently found to have the fungicide carbendazim. They were imported from Brazil.  The EPA approved this chemical for orange use from 2002 to 2009. The companies claim the level of fungicide was safe.  We would steer clear of this juice ourselves.

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Arsenic in Rice

In September 2012, Consumer Reports issued a report asking that the FDA institute standards for the amount of arsenic in rice. Their study found that brown rice had higher levels than white rice. Rice from southern states had higher levels than rice from Asia or California. Some other recommendations:

  • Eat a balanced diet with a wide variety of grains
  • Rinse your rice before cooking. Repeat this until no residue is present in drainage
  • Make sure you cook your rice with a good amount of water. Perhaps 6 cups of water to each cup of rice
Posted on July 22nd, 2013
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One Response to “Heavy Metals in Protein Drinks – Arsenic, Fungicide in Juice, Rice”

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