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Are we drinking glassful of toxins?

health and fitness Updated: Dec 08, 2011 16:23 IST

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Antioxidant-rich diet reduces the risk of a stroke in women, reveals a new research. Parents are being urged to limit their children’s consumption of juice following a report that has renewed concerns over arsenic levels found in commercial apple and grape juice brands in the US.

After testing 88 samples of apple and grape juice found on grocery store shelves, Consumer Reports magazine found that 10 percent had total arsenic levels that exceeded drinking-water standards.

And most of the arsenic detected is a type known as inorganic, a human carcinogen that's been linked to bladder, lung and skin cancer and immunodeficiencies.

JuiceEarlier this fall, Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of US talk show The Dr. Oz Show, caused a stir with claims that commercial grocery store apple juice brands like Juicy Juice contained arsenic.

In the meantime, parents are advised to limit their child's juice consumption, not only for arsenic levels but for dietary and nutritional reasons.

In a poll conducted alongside the investigation, Consumer Reports found that 35 percent of children aged five and younger drink juice exceeding pediatricians’ recommendations.

Infants under six months should not be given any type of juice, while children up to six years old should consume no more than four to six ounces — or less than a cup — a day. Diluting juice with distilled or purified water is also recommended.