(NaturalNews) Late last year as I was conducting atomic spectroscopy tests on foods and nutritional supplements, I publicly asked whether juicing would turn out to be a safe practice due to the removal of all the fiber during the juicing process. Many heavy metals, it turns out, stick to plant fibers such as fruit pectin. Mercury is especially good at sticking to fibers, which is why I was able to show that strawberries and peanut butter are both excellent at binding with dietary mercury.
Now, after exhaustive laboratory testing, I can conclusively state that juicing is safe and clean in terms of heavy metals, and this is true both for commercially-available fresh juices such as the "Suja" brand as well as juice made at home using a countertop juicing machine.
Using ICP-MS instrumentation at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, I tested commercial juices and homemade juices made with fruit and vegetables purchased at the grocery store. Here are typical results from those tests:
Magnesium: 50 - 150 ppm (a beneficial mineral) Zinc: 0.5 - 2 ppm (a beneficial mineral) Arsenic: typically < 0.005 ppm (a poison) Cadmium: typically 0.0 - 0.07 ppm (a poison) Mercury: typically zero Lead: typically < 0.005 ppm (a poison)
Juice away, it's safe!
Note carefully that these results were achieved using common, everyday fresh produce purchased at the grocery store. In fact, these results were achieved using both organic and non-organic produce.
Heavy metals contamination of fresh produce, it turns out, is very rare. Most fruits and vegetables tested by the FDA have consistently shown zero or near-zero levels of heavy metals.
That stands in great contrast to the heavy metals I've documented in processed organic superfoods such as rice protein, which was found to contain LEAD (0.5 ppm), CADMIUM (over 1.8 ppm) and TUNGSTEN (over 10 ppm).
In other words, rice protein products purchased at retail showed over 100 times the lead concentration of fresh juice.
This is all very good news because it shows the wisdom of juicing, and it also shows that making your own fresh juice is a fantastic strategy for boosting your intake of plant-based nutrients (and beneficial minerals) without exposing yourself to toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury or tungsten.
In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.
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