Before you toss that new jug of apple juice, be sure to consider the following:
One Study is Never Enough
Although this information may alerted you to the world of food safety, don’t let it be the only study you use to build a case against apple juice. The FDA really has been testing juices for a long time and that shouldn’t be discounted with just a few studies.
Using Common Sense is Important
The only sure thing in nutrition science is that there never really is a sure thing! Our knowledge and understanding of nutrition is constantly evolving and this can be down-right confusing. Use common sense when reviewing new health claims or shocking study results. By keeping a level head you can bypass mass food panic if you’ll take the time to identify which truths lie behind the claims. Often a little bit of truth exists on both sides of the story and common sense may be your best tool in properly identifying where that truth exists.
Thinking In Extremes Can Also Help
When common sense still leaves you questioning which side of a nutritional argument you land on, thinking in extremes may also help you identify the truth behind each claim.
- Extreme scenario #1: The FDA is correct and the arsenic levels in apple juice are perfectly safe for long-term consumption.
- Extreme scenario #2: Dr. Oz is correct and the arsenic levels in apple juice are higher than we knew.
- Bottom line: “Although the FDA frequently tests apple juice and it is likely safe for long-term consumption, perhaps I should cut back on the amount of apple juice I provide to my kids on a daily basis.” By thinking in extremes, you can actually come to a pretty reasonable response.
Maybe We Should Rethink Our Drink
Whether this study is accurate or not, it provides us with the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate the frequency in which we provide our children juice. Although most children love juice, it’s not really something they should be getting more than once or twice a day. Juice is high in sugar, low in fiber, and full of calories that children could consume elsewhere. Instead, offer your children water frequently throughout the day to keep them hydrated and incorporate whole fruits instead of fruit juice when you can. Not only will this allow your child to get more of their calories from nutritionally dense foods, but will also promote a varied diet that can help your child eat well for a lifetime.