Consumer Reports Find Concerning Levels of Heavy Metals in Fruit Juices

Consumer Reports released their findings last week and announced that they found concerning levels of heavy metals in almost half of the fruit juices they tested.  Forty-five popular fruit juices were tested (including apple, grape, pear, and fruit blends) for inorganic arsenic, lead, mercury, and cadmium.

Consumer Reports listed the tested juices in four categories, better alternatives, potential risk at 1 cup or more per day, potenetial risk at 1/2 cup or more per day,  and juice boxes and pouches potential risk at more than one per day.

You can find the entire report on the Consumer Reports website. The report details the potential harms of heavy metals, more detailed findings, more information about how much heavy metals are too much, how companies can fix the issues and what parents can do to help keep their children healthy.

In order to keep the information brief and easy to digest, we have just listed the brands and juices in each category.  Please refer to the Consumer Reports findings for more detailed information about risk levels to children and adults on their notes about products that were tested.

Better Alternatives – Juices with Lower Levels of Heavy Metals

Bottled Juices:
365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods) Organic Apple Juice, 100% Juice
Apple & Eve 100% Juice, Apple Juice
Big Win (Rite Aid) 100% Juice, Apple Juice
Clover Valley (Dollar General) 100% Apple Juice
Gerber Apple 100% Juice
Market Pantry (Target) 100% Juice, Apple
Mott’s 100% Juice, Apple Original
Mott’s for Tots Apple
Nature’s Own 100% Apple Juice
Old Orchard 100% Juice, Apple
Simply Balanced (Target) Organic Apple Juice, 100% Juice
Tree Top 100% Apple Juice
Goya Pear Nectar
Looza Pear Juice Drink
Ocean Spray Cran-Apple
Ocean Spray Cran-Grape

Juice Boxes and Pouches
Capri Sun 100% Juice, Apple
Juicy Juice 100% Juice, Apple
Juicy Juice Organics 100% Juice, Apple
Good2Grow 100% Juice, Apple
Honest Kids Organic Juice Drink, Goodness Grapeness
Good2Grow 100% Juice, Fruit Punch
Capri Sun 100% Juice, Fruit Punch
Minute Maid 100% Juice, Apple White Grape

Bottled Juice that is a Potential Risk at 1 Cup or More per Day

Gold Emblem (CVS) 100% Apple Juice
Great Value (Walmart) 100% Juice, Apple
Trader Joe’s Organic Apple Juice
365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods) Organic 100% Juice, Concord Grape
Gerber White Grape Juice
Gold Emblem (CVS) 100% Grape Juice
R.W. Knudsen Organic Pear 100% Juice
365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods) Organic 100% Juice, Grape Cranberry
Great Value (Walmart) 100% Juice, Cranberry Grape
Juicy Juice 100% Juice, White Grape
Trader Joe’s Organic Apple Grape Juice

Bottled Juice that is a Potential Risk at 1/2 Cup or More per Day

Trader Joe’s Fresh Pressed Apple Juice, 100% Juice
365 Everyday Value (Whole Foods) Organic 100% Juice, Concord Grape
R.W. Knudsen Organic Just Concord Grape Juice
Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, Concord Grape
Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, White Grape
Great Value (Walmart) 100% Juice, Cranberry Grape
Welch’s 100% Juice with Antioxidant Superberry

Juice Boxes and Pouches that Post a Potential Risk at Mor than one per Day

Trader Joe’s Joe’s Kids Apple Juice
Minute Maid 100% Apple Juice
Juicy Juice 100% Juice, Fruit Punch
Minute Maid 100% Juice, Fruit Punch
Mott’s 100% Juice, Apple White Grape

 

Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (9), Carlyn (6), Naomi (3) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes three cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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