Juices have hazardous amounts of heavy metals, study finds

Consumer Reports tested 45 different juices on the market and found elevated levels of heavy metals —  cadmiumleadmercury and inorganic arsenic — in 21 of them, according to a new report. Seven of the juices could be harmful to children who drink more than a half cup a day, while nine may be hazardous to kids who drink 1 cup a day or more.

The group tested a sample of different fruit juices — name brands, store brands, juices in boxes and pouches for kids, organic and conventional. All of them had some degree of heavy metal residue, the study found. There was no appreciable difference between the different varieties, except grape and juice blends tended to have the highest level of heavy metal residue.

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