Dr. Oz has sparked a nationwide whirlwind of controversy regarding extremely high levels of arsenic being found in apple juice. According to his research in three different cities in the United States, some of the most popular brands of apple juice contain harmful levels of arsenic and are also shipped from countries that do not regulate the levels of arsenic brought into the states. This has parents and physicians in an uproar because of the devastating effects that this carcinogen can have on adults and children especially.
The damages of arsenic in apple juice can range from cancerous cells regeneration (a side effect catalyzed by the liver), skin blotches on the body, nervous system damage, cognitive impairment (lower IQ scores), and increased risk of illness early in life. It typically is sprayed as pesticides on apples and other fruits in countries where it is grown, then compressed into the juice to make the concentrate and shipped out and into the states. From there, the brands separate the concentrate, package it and send to the stores which end up in your pantry or refrigerator.