Lead in Kids Drinks and Snacks

//Lead in Kids Drinks and Snacks

It this doesn’t scare you I don’t know what will!!  As a mom trying to keep my kids healthy, it’s extremely frustrating to think you are doing the right thing and find out that the way our food has been manufactured has actually made it harmful to our (and our kids’) health!

This is precisely the case when it comes to many leading brands (even some Organic!) of boxed juices and canned fruits. A study was done on 400 samples from 150 leading brands to test the amount of lead in these products.  The finding are astonishing!  Nearly 85% of these healthy juices contain toxic levels of lead and should require a warning label!  I think when you read this list, you will be somewhat shocked as well because many of these  products are the “healthier” options!!

I don’t understand why they have to manufacture and process things in a way that is harmful to us. Do they not have kids drinking this stuff too?

Until I have a better handle on what is safe and what is not (which I will post as soon I get a good list together!), we are sticking to water, making our own juice with our Blendtec, and Performance. I am thankful that I know that this is at least safe to drink!  I get a huge container of it and make up a pitcher to keep in the fridge–it comes in two flavors, lemon lime and orange.  The kids love both!  In the summer we freeze it in Popsicle molds!  It’s a yummy treat!

Please let me know if you find a list of safe juices and fruits.  I guess when it comes down to it, real is always best!  It doesn’t always do much for convenience, but it will cut down on the toxin load our kids are being exposed to.

LEAD-TAINTED PRODUCTS

1. 365 Everyday Value Organic 100% Juice Concord Grapes
2. Beech Nut 100% Apple Juice
3. Best Yet Bartlett Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
4. Best Yet Chunky Mixed Fruit in Pear Juice
5. Best Yet Yellow Cling Peach Halves in Heavy Syrup
6. Chef’s Review Fruit Cocktail
7. Del Monte 100% Juice Fruit Cocktail
8. Del Monte Chunky Mixed Fruit in 100% Juice (peach, pear, grape, etc.)
9. Del Monte Diced Pears in Light Syrup
10. Del Monte Freestone Peach Slices in 100% Juice
11. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail in Heavy Syrup (peach, pear, grapes)
12. Del Monte Fruit Cocktail No Sugar Added
13. Del Monte Lite Fruit Cocktail in Extra Light Syrup
14. Del Monte Pear Halves in Heavy Syrup
15. Del Monte Pear Halves, Bartlett Pears in 100% real fruit juice from concentrate
16. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in 100% Juice
17. Del Monte Sliced Yellow Cling Peaches in heavy syrup
18. Dole Diced Peaches, Yellow Cling in light syrup
19. Dole Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup
20. Dole Pear Halves in Juice
21. Earth’s Best Organics Apple Juice

To see the full list of 125 Lead Tainted Products, click here.

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