Recent reports showing high levels of arsenic in some juice brands have been getting major attention.
But perhaps even more surprising is the commentary from health experts who say that the arsenic isn't as dangerous to our children as all the sugar in drinks like apple juice.
Now, I haven't taken the time to figure out what the hell arsenic is doing in our apple juice.
But I do find it extremely interesting that nutrition experts think the obesity problem is great enough in our country to publicly claim that poison - just a tiny bit of poison, but still - is not as problematic as calories. Tons of em, to be exact.
According to the CBS/AP piece linked above, we should really tone it down with kids and juice consumption for a variety of reasons, including the fact that apple juice includes almost none of the benefits of eating an apple, like fiber, and delivers a whole bunch of calories very quickly, so it's hard to gauge just how much sugar you've ingested.
I know as well as any parent that saying, "Hey, how about a glass of water and an apple!" is not gonna go over well if your child is used to drinking juice, but I do try to limit juice drinking here at home. When trying to convince our three-year-old to drink water, I try little tricks, like adding a slice of lemon ("lemon water") or giving her a cool straw to make the experience more fun.