FDA: Toxic Metal Lurking in Your JUICE?!

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Tell me you wouldn’t be a little concerned if you saw THIS headline…

Draft Guidance for Industry: Action Levels for Lead in Juice

Seems outrageous, but that’s exactly what a recent announcement from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration said.

In a nutshell, the FDA is openly issuing “guidance” to the food and beverage industry on how to LIMIT the amount of lead in juices.

Is that seriously something the industry needs GUIDANCE on?


So, today I’m going to give you the scoop on this jaw-dropping announcement, what it means for you, and why it might be time for you to ditch drinking juice altogether!

Let’s take a look.

Lead in Juice? Yes, It’s True

Here’s the gist of the FDA’s latest guidance around lead levels in juice…

The newest guidelines suggest limits of 10 parts per billion for lead in apple juice sold as “single-strength,” also known as ready-to-drink juice, as well as 20 parts per billion for all other single-strength juices – including juice blends that contain apple juice.

The guidance is centered around apple juice (or blends), but it certainly gives you pause as to what might be lurking in other types of juices.

It’s also part of a larger initiative called the Closer to Zero action plan which was created in April 2021 to identify actions the FDA could take to reduce exposure to arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in foods.

It’s sad – but true. There could be levels of lead in the juice you’re drinking – and it’s taking a government task force to regulate it!

But you don’t need to rely on that.

Potential lead levels aside, there’s plenty of reasons to steer clear of processed juices and juice blends.

First of all, the majority of them are LOADED with added sugars. A small, eight-ounce glass of apple juice contains a whopping 24 grams of sugar!

At that rate you might as well go all-out and drink a sugar-laden soda.

Second, many juices these days are loaded with slick product placement – particularly saying, they contain vitamins, minerals, and even calcium.

Sure, they can be added in, but coupled with all that added sugar, there’s a better way to get your vitamins and minerals.

Stick with a daily multivitamin, and only eat the real fruit. This will ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need WITHOUT the unhealthy sugars.

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Crist, Carolyn. “FDA Suggests Limits to Lead in Juices.” 4/28/22. https://www.webmd.com/children/news/20220428/fda-suggests-limits-lead-juices

U.S. Food & Drug Administration. “Draft Guidance for Industry: Action Levels for Lead in Juice.” 4/22. https://www.fda.gov/regulatory-information/search-fda-guidance-documents/draft-guidance-industry-action-levels-lead-juice