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High levels of arsenic found in preservatives could make a seemingly healthy drink …….. poisonousimages (1)
Arsenic occurs in food items due to environmental factors. pesticides and industrial waste have high content of arsenic. And arsenic contamination of the soil is higher around industrial arias.Contaminated water is found to be one of the  major sources of arsenic. Drinking water with the level of mazimum contaminant level is not harmful. Charita Adikane, chief clinical nutritionist ,Apollo hospital Secundrabad says “the major source of worry is groundwater. the contamination levels are found to be more than 40 micrograms per litre in many areas. In India it is a major problem as most dry areas are dependent on groundwater and the arsenic levels ar e not ideal for human consumption”images (2)
Rice is found to absorb arsenic more readily than other crops. According to consumer reports it was found that vegetables account for the biggest dietary exposure to arsenic 24 percent. Fruits and fruit juices meanwhile account for 18 percent and rice at 12 percent. What arsenic can do to your body?  symptoms of arsenic poisoning begin with headaches, confusion.  severr diarrhoea and blood in the urine  cramping muscles and hair loss  convulsions and changes in fingernail pigmentationimages
Apart from these natural foods, fruit juices with preservatives contain arsenic. ‘Earlier juice was a luxury but now it has become a necessity with many making it a part of diet” said Dr.Latha. More the consumption, more will be the risks of arsenic accumulation in the body
courtesy    Hyderabad chroniclae

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