A recent backlash has stirred up over comments made by Dr. Oz on apple juice. We normally consider apple juice as one of the healthiest of drinks, but Dr. Oz recently said on TV that a number of brands have levels of arsenic. Attacks on the famous doctor have come from such places as the Food and Drug Administration, which has approved such brands of apple juice. Many have accused him of providing inaccurate information, and even of misleading the public.
It’s important, however, in such arguments to pay close attention to what is actually being said. The F.D.A. doesn’t deny that there is arsenic in the apple juice we’re sold. Where Dr. Oz differs from that agency is on the question of what levels of arsenic are safe.
The F.D.A. holds that the current levels found in apple juice are safe over a short period of time. But Dr. Oz looks at a larger picture. He considers that a little arsenic given to a child may, by cumulative effect, be dangerous over that child’s life span.
We need to more closely scrutinize what foods and drugs we are taking into our bodies. It may be time for us to change our parameters as to what products are acceptable.