In The News: “Arsenic Found in Many U.S. Red Wines, but health risks depend on total diet”

Sixty-four wines (of the 65 wines tested) from America’s top four wine-producing states had arsenic levels that exceed what’s allowed in drinking water.

The following are excerpts from a recent University of Washington report on two studies appearing in the Journal of Environmental Health October 2015 [refer to report for further information].

A-Red_wine_closeup_in_glass“A new University of Washington study that tested 65 wines from America’s top four wine-producing states — California, Washington, New York and Oregon — found all but one have arsenic levels that exceed what’s allowed in drinking water.”

According to the report, water for drinking is not allowed to contain more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic… while the wines tested averaged 24 parts per billion (ranging 10 to 76 parts per billion); Oregon with the lowest concentration.

But the likely health risks will probably depend on how many other arsenic-containing foods and beverages one consumes over time. Certain infant formulas made with organic brown rice syrup may pose the highest risks from arsenic exposure per study estimations.

“‘Unless you are a heavy drinker consuming wine with really high concentrations of arsenic, of which there are only a few, there’s little health threat if that’s the only source of arsenic in your diet,’ said [UW Professor Denise] Wilson. ‘But consumers need to look at their diets as a whole. If you are eating a lot of contaminated rice, organic brown rice syrup, seafood, wine, apple juice — all those heavy contributors to arsenic poisoning — you should be concerned, especially pregnant women, kids and the elderly.’”

“In a companion study, she compiled consumption data for foods that have been shown to contain arsenic — juice, milk, bottled water, wine, cereal bars, infant formula, rice, salmon and tuna.  From that, she was able to determine how much of an arsenic ‘dose’ an average child or adult would get…” [Explanation provided via report ].

It is encouraged that we evaluate our diets more holistically so that we may minimize the health risks that can emerge — and to speak with a doctor if there’s a reason for concern.  ♣ ♣ ♣

Related post: “Could I Actually Be Eating Too Much Arsenic?? Here’s Why Taking A Look At Rice Intake Is A Must!

Note: Image Source from Wikimedia Commons

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