Traditional Filtering May Cause Trace Levels of Arsenic in Beer
According to a report released by the American Chemical Society earlier this week, scientists have detected small traces of arsenic in some of our favorite filtered beverages (beer and wine, specifically). But don't dump your suds just yet! Small levels of the organic compound can occur naturally as a byproduct of a centuries-old filtering process, and may not even be cause for alarm. NPR's The Salt examines the facts.
Beer lovers might be alarmed to hear that beer can pick up small amounts of arsenic as it's filtered to be sparkly clear. But researchers in Germany reported Sunday that they've found arsenic in hundreds of samples of beer, some at levels more than twice that allowed in drinking water.