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“Worrisome” levels of arsenic in rice

“Worrisome” levels of arsenic in rice

Wed, September 19, 2012 - 11:17 AM

Eating rice once a day can increase arsenic levels in the body by at least 44 per cent, according to a new study from Consumer Reports.

The study surveyed more than 60 different rice products ranging from infant cereals to rice pasta and rice drinks and found “worrisome” levels of inorganic arsenic in most of the products. Others suggest, however, the levels are not cause for concern.

According to the Centres for Disease Control, inorganic arsenic has been linked to liver, bladder, and lung cancer.

Urvashi Rangan, Consumer Reports lead scientist on the study, said the study isn’t meant to scare people from eating rice, rather “our investigation of arsenic in rice is supposed to inform consumers.”

Rangan said, “We wanted to help consumers at least be able to take action for themselves in terms of moderating themselves. We asked the government to set standards.”

The Consumer Reports study found that white rice had lower levels of arsenic compared to brown rice, and that rice grown in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas, generally had higher levels of arsenic.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 2 years, 1 month ago
If we paid attention to our foreparents, we'd be a little more healthy. Wash, rewash, and "rinse out" de rice. Some of them even washed it with soap. (LOL) No package to the pot mentality.

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Posted by En Dee 2 years, 1 month ago
@ Pan Wallie: The news articles I gathered information from suggest that the rice is grown in fields where water and soil contain arsenic. I therefore wonder if a good wash with any kind of soap will remove this deadly poisin, since the arsenic may be inside the rice grains. This leaves me in a bit of a bind, as I like my rice at least 3 times a week, especially when accompanied by the right peas and couple of flying fish or a proper pork chop. Health authorities around the world should get back to us rice lovers on this issue immediately, if not sooner. Nigel D.

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Posted by harry callahan 2 years, 1 month ago
good let bajans have rice for break fast lunch and dinner?

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Posted by Bim Bum 2 years, 1 month ago
Oh nice!!
JUST what we need: more arsenic.
What next??

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