Dr. Oz on Apple Juice

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Caitlin - posted on 09/15/2011

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arsenic in apple juice. Makes a bit of sense, if the apples are not cored properly, arsenic naturally occurs within the apple seed, so it stands to reason if those are crushed and processed, that arsenic can leach out. I don't think it's a huge shocker. My kids get juice, watered down most days, (like ratio 1:8) and I usually buy locally produced brands, but neither of them like apple juice, so i'm not so worried. I don't think it's a really big deal, considering these things are naturally oiccuring in nature as well, our bodies are accumstomed to process them in small amounts. Unless you're giving your baby ONLY apple juice to drink, I wouldn't worry..

Caitlin - posted on 09/20/2011

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what's wrong with water? That's what I wonder.. why does he NEED sweetness in his daily liquids.. My daughter can't drink milk either, but I don't feel obliged to give her something sweet cause she can't have milk...

Alison - posted on 09/30/2011

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I heard there are two types of Arsenic and one of them (the one found in Apple Juice) is harmless. It has caused me to loose my trust in Dr. Oz. Everyone has an agenda.

Krista - posted on 09/24/2011

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I think Dr. Oz is just another fame-seeking grifter. As far as apple juice goes, it's a rare thing for my son. He'll usually only get it if he's not feeling well and I'm trying to get fluids into him, or for the odd treat. And even then, I water it down by half.

Water and milk do the job just fine most of the time.

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I don't really give my son juice. Unless I have made it from fruit. Frankly, when you buy juice in the store it is packed full of sugars and other crap that is not good fro anyone.

Holly - posted on 09/28/2011

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I have heard its organic apple juice and also non US juice. I try to stick to products, produce and drinks that are made and US grown. Not for health reasons... more to support employment in our country. If its made in the US I trust its safe because we do have the fda to regulate thoses types of things.

Leeann - posted on 09/28/2011

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no apple juice in my house, but not because of Dr.
OZ i already stopped giving it to kids years before this even came out. my son cant have the apple juice so we drink other things. plenty of water and other things.

Jasmine - posted on 09/25/2011

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Teresa, I'm 6 months pregnant and I have been drinking water like crazy. I had pitchers of water from our faucet filter stored in our fridge when Hurricane Irene was passing through our state and I had ice cold water to drink for days (we ended up not losing power but had to conserve water due to a water main break) Most nights I guzzle a glass right before I go to bed which of course leads to middle of the night peeing LOL. I offer my daughter water during the day and try to keep milk for mealtimes unless she specifically asks for it.

Jasmine - posted on 09/25/2011

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Lately I have been giving my daughter more water. If I give her juice, I only serve 100% juice to her and will usually do those veg/fruit juice blends. Occasionally I let her have Ovaltine with her milk as well.

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Water is awesome. I don't JUST drink water. I do have my mocha every morning (99% caffiene free). I occasionally drink milk, chocolate milk, and rarely juice. MOST of my liquid comes from water though... ALL day long.



The kids mostly drink water. Their 'latest' fad is cold water out of a jug in the fridge. They also drink the same as me minus the mocha and adding more juice, milk, and chocolate milk... or the girls make their own lemonade. They super rarely get soda, but my son thinks it's too 'spicy'.

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I agree. I've thought Dr Oz was an idiot for a very long time. Ever since he had John (I speak to the dead) Edwards on his show. NO thaanks.

Christy - posted on 09/23/2011

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Screw Dr Oz. He can analyze the shit out of anything, just like the "FDA" and everything will end up being bad for us all.



I have an idea, let's actually read the labels and decide on our own!

Minnie - posted on 09/23/2011

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Drinking juice isn't just like eating a piece of fruit. The glycemic index is different, your body digests it differently- it's a load of sugar.

Think of how many apples are in 1 glass of juice.

April - posted on 09/23/2011

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Sara! How can you drink Dr. Pepper? I'm the opposite, I can't stand Dr. Pepper. Side note: I've offered orange juice and milk to my son, but he almost always asks for water. Seems that he knows what's good for him without prompting from me! :)

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Food should be fuel for your body, but it is totally possible to enjoy the good healthy food. Healthy eating does not mean tasteless. (i'll add a little disclaimer here: I LOVE Dr. Pepper and enjoy the heck out of it.)

Adrienne - posted on 09/23/2011

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I don't give my child juice for the same reasons as many of you. I do give my child, organic, infiltered apple juice because, as I understand it, that is like giving your kid an apple...

Minnie - posted on 09/22/2011

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Oh, I definitely enjoy food- but within the range of my capabilities. It's not very enjoyable when you're blacking out because you ate some pasta :).

We're just used to drinking water, and the girls milk on occasion. It's not a big deal for us.

Sherri - posted on 09/22/2011

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I agree with you Jessica. Man food and drink is definitely in my book meant to be enjoyed and savored.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2011

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I think I would die if I didn't believe food and drink could be entertaining and should be enjoyed. But I come from a family of chefs and food professionals, so I probably have a different point of view than most. It's a fine line between indulging too much, and thinking food is just fuel for the body, but there ya go. Sometimes, a large glass of cold juice or tea is the most satisfying part of my day, and the only way I can truly quench my thirst.

Minnie - posted on 09/21/2011

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*Meh*...water is for quenching thirst, keeping the body running. It's not boring to us, we just have no need for deriving amusement from hydration :).



One can derive pleasure though from the simple things. Take chocolate, for instance. We can't tolerate sugar, but 100% cacao baker's squares...now they are divine. Others squinch up their faces in horror at eating unsweetened pure chocolate (but it's SO bitter!)...it's a range of taste.

Jessica - posted on 09/21/2011

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Yeah, I think this is one of those "agree to disagree" situations. Giving your child a little bit of juice in moderation is not dooming your child to obesity and isn't going to kill them in the short run, so Jen, just keep on keeping on doing what you think/know is right for your son, and we'll keep doing what's right for our children. Since when does being a mother give us all the right to be so judgmental? I think far worse of the many mothers I see on public transportation every day giving their children soda in their bottles.

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"Well give me options then Caitlin he can not drink juice, does not drink milk?? So is he doomed to just drink tap water for the rest of his life??"

Malt liquor? ;)

Angela - posted on 09/21/2011

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The artificial sweeteners are probably one of the worst things anyone could consume . I rather give my kid apple juice than the likes of diet drinks.

I think natural organic veggie and fruit juice is not bad for my Daughter who does not like veggies. So I get a serving or two in her with her daily juice. She drinks water and milk also. All my kids are trim and fit so extra calories are never an issue. I just like good calories IE not junk foods. We never have sodas except on special occasions.

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Kids don't know there are other options unless you give it to them. My daughter only drank water or breast milk until 22 months. Then she had water, breast milk or cow's milk. As she's gotten older my stinkin' husband has given her things I'd rather she not have. Sometimes she does have a little orange juice or chocolate milk. But before she was introduced to those things she never asked for them because she didn't know they existed. She was fine with water in her cup. I do agree that sweet things are fine in moderation, but I just don't think juice is something kids must have. I don't plan on giving my second daughter much of anything until she's much older. Small amounts of water in an open cup, but that's it. I'm positive that the sippy cup/straw cup gave my toddler a very lazy latch.

I do drink other things. Tea and very rarely pop. I usually have orange juice when we go out for breakfast which isn't that often, but I mostly drink water. I came from a huge pop drinking family. Sometimes something in moderation can turn into the only thing you have and those habits can be easily passed to your children. I've become a much healthier person since I had kids.

Jenny - posted on 09/20/2011

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My kids only drink milk and water. My oldest is almost 3. I only give them water in their sippy cups which is what they drink from all day.



I don't see the point nor need for juice either. If I want him to taste something naturally sweet I'll give him a slice of apple or orange or a strawberry. Much better than the concentrated liquid form of the fruit.



I don't know why mothers feel like they have to give their kids juice. And yes the health authorities say that a little watered down juice once a day is okay for kids. But that's like saying its okay to drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day. Sure its okay, but it would be even better if you didn't drink any at all, know what I mean?



My kids love their water. They ask for it constantly all day just like other peoples kids ask for juice.

Sherri - posted on 09/20/2011

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Wow Lisa I can't even fathom only drinking water. I live for my coffee in the morning and usually most of the day is either tap water or sparkling water. However, I also enjoy an occasional diet soda, crystal light or alcoholic beverage.

Minnie - posted on 09/20/2011

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I only drink water, 24/7, 365 days a year. Whether or not my girls decide they want milk on any given day is hit or miss. Water is what we drink.



Eh, I don't necessarily believe that teaching your child that something is bad will cause them to go right out and do it as soon as they have the freedom to. My mother was always very very clear on how awful cigarettes are and I've never been inclined to try one.

Jenn - posted on 09/20/2011

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Apple juice is far too sugary and can encourage constipation with my kids. We believe in "nature's juice" ...water! Occasionally, they have white grape juice, diluted. But really, they don't ask for juice and we don't offer it often.

Jessica - posted on 09/20/2011

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I honestly don't understand not EVER giving your child juice. I let my son have it, but he has very much in moderation, and always watered down. I think teaching children that something is BAD is the best way to ensure your kid is guzzling juice by the gallon by the time he's old enough to be out and about without your supervision. I'm hoping that by teaching my son to imbibe "bad" things in moderation, that he will eventually work out for himself that he shouldn't eat them at all. If he doesn't, at least it's moderation.

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I live in Eastern Europe, and it's common to give children diluted chamomile or dill tea. Also, homemade kompot, which is dried or fresh fruit boiled in water and left to cool and soak. It's sweet, but all the (nutritious) parts of the fruit are still there.



We don't drink juice. Apple juice tastes like pure sugar to me.

Rosie - posted on 09/20/2011

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i pretty much only give my kids milk and water. they occassionally have juice, homemade lemonade and very rarely will get a soda (thanks to my dad, sigh). i think drinks other than water are fine in moderation. and by moderation i mean once a week or less.

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I don't do juice. But my daugther is only 22 months. I just don't see the point.

As for the arsenic in apple juice... that makes sense. They grate up the entire apple when they juice it core and all. That's where the arsenic is.

Sherri - posted on 09/20/2011

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24/7 though 365 days a year?? I do give him water a lot of water. That was listed as well as you notice. I said water, sparkling water or flavored water Which has zero artificial sweetners in it. The only thing I give him that has any sweetners is crystal light and that is usually only for meals. So what other than water do you recommend since you seem to have an issue with that is my question. Do you only offer your son water ever to drink?? I know personally I would hate my life if all I could ever drink was water ever in my life time.

Rosie - posted on 09/20/2011

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my kids don't drink enough apple juice to get hurt by either all the sugar or arsenic. it doesn't bother me at all.

Sherri - posted on 09/20/2011

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Well give me options then Caitlin he can not drink juice, does not drink milk?? So is he doomed to just drink tap water for the rest of his life??

Sherri - posted on 09/20/2011

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We also avoid juice and we don't buy it but since my little guy does not drink milk either. Our options are limited so he lives on flavored water, tap water and crystal light.

Minnie - posted on 09/20/2011

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We don't drink juice. Doesn't matter to me about the arsenic, juice just doesn't do anything good for us.

It costs money, and just leads to hypoglycemia for us. Nutrition is better had through an apple, rather than just a load of fructose in a cup of juice.

Jakki - posted on 09/19/2011

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I used to buy juice a lot and got quite addicted to drinking it instead of water, and I thought it was healthy. But then I read all the stuff about it being like drinking fizzy drinks and how it's actually not good for you. Eating straight fruit is good because of the fibre and the sense you get of filling up. juice doesn't give you that full feeling so you keep on drinking all those calories.

So I stopped buying it and made myself and my kids drink water instead.

Janice - posted on 09/18/2011

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My daughter does drink diluted apple juice but after reading all the opposition I'm not too worried. Majority of the arsenic is organic (never knew there was such a thing till now) which I read is in all fruits and veggies in small amounts. It certainly seems like most of us were raised drinking apple juice and are fine.

Angela - posted on 09/18/2011

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Where does the arsenic come from??? I give my daughter organic juice with veggies and fruit. It is the only way to get her to eat veggies. But I water it down and she gets on drink per day unless sick and she needs fluids and energy due to dehydration.

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He listed a few brands that didn't have this issue. All of the organic brands tested were fine. I just find it weird that certain brands (like Gerber) tested so high. We don't do juice often and I honestly don't think she's ever had apple juice.

Caitlin - posted on 09/16/2011

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Actually i have to cerrect myself.. SOme quick research tells me that it's not arsenic found in apple seeds, it's cyanide.. Boy.. that's a billion times better, still, it's natural and within normal levels, i'm not gooing to freak out abotu it, i've eaten my fair share of apple seeds.

They are saying the arsenic comes from the enviironment, and that's the issue.. Still, I think it's a huge fear campaign that's pretty stupid.. we've been drinking apple juice for years (we being the general population) and the only problem that we seem to have is we're getting fat.. I doubt that has much to do with the tiny amounts of arensic present in apple juice (which logically if they come from the environment are present in ALL of our fruits and vegetables etc... OMG, it's everywhere.. I can't escape! *holds breath))

Sorry.. it's been a long day, i think i've gone kind of nuts..

Caitlin - posted on 09/16/2011

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Yeah, the arsenic is in the littel seeds, but it doesn't leech out very easily if the seed stays intact. It's still not much of a concern, but it comes out really well if the seed is crushed, and that's why i'm assuming this juice has higher levels of arsenic than other brands.. Perhaps there are simply more seeds that get crushed. It would be pretty damn hard to kill yourself with the arsenic from apple seeds though...

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Arsenics in the pips isnt it? My dogs eats all the apples cores in the house so there cant be much in there as he isnt dead yet and he been doing it for the last 2 years.

Tinker1987 - posted on 09/15/2011

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my son gets about 2-4 ounces a day of diulated heinz baby juice. not everyday. he seems to really enjoy water now so sometimes i dont do juice at all. he seems to like mostly anything i give him....but i started giving him prune/apple juice or pear juice when he was BADLY constipated. and it did the trick.

April - posted on 09/15/2011

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my son doesn't have juice a lot. i don't like juice for the reasons JuLeah described. once in a while, like if we are going on a trip, i will buy some juice packs so i don't have to deal with the sippy cups. he definitely doesn't drink juice everyday and when he does it's usually orange juice because he LOVES it. i love it too but i don't buy it much anymore because it has a lot of unnecessary calories. it's mostly water and breastmilk for my son.

Sherri - posted on 09/15/2011

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I always did was a huge advocate of it with my first 3. However, I now know that it isn't best and will hold off hopefully till they around 2 before it is even introduced.

Eh it occurs naturally in especially apples. I am not concerned in the least.

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I do give my kid juice. But it's mostly watered down. She MAYBE gets 4 oz in a day. I'll have to look at the brands closely. I don't trust Gerber in general though. I don't typically trust the FDA either.

JuLeah - posted on 09/15/2011

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I am not a big juice person. I'd rather she drink water and put food in her belly. Juice is, well, sugar. Even the 'no sugar' added is mostly sugar - a lot that is good for you in the apple is removed in the juicing process

The FDA says a lot of things are safe ... it's about funding

They have also said that Trans Fats are not good in an amount for humans - do we still have Trans Fats in our food YES - most all processed foods do, why? It would cost too much to take it out ... brain damage, cancer ... sure, but thoes things make moeny too

Okay, back to juice - No, I don't give her juice unless I have made it

She has never eaten anything made by Gerber

I like eating close to the earth

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