The Environmental Law Foundation tested numerous juice samples earlier this year and found that 85% contained lead.
YES, LEAD—the stuff that damages the central nervous system, including the brain, and can produce anemia, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, hearing loss and permanently lower IQ’s! Children are especially susceptible to lead as their bodies absorb more of the heavy metal.
To be fair, minute amounts of lead are found throughout the food chain, but I still find leaded juice completely unacceptable. Unfortunately, I’m not sure of a solution other than simply drinking more (filtered) water and less juice.
Please download this PDF and see if your brand(s) are listed and check how they ranked. Bear in mind that not every brand on the market was tested so if yours is not listed, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe.