Your Rice Might Still Contain Shocking Levels of Arsenic

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Brown rice was no better than white rice. In fact, this recent study showed that brown rice had 80 percent more inorganic arsenic then white rice. This is because arsenic accumulates on the outside layer of the rice. With white rice, this outside layer is removed. It’s interesting to note that white rice grown in Louisiana, Arkansas, or Texas had the highest levels of arsenic. White basmati rice from India, Pakistan, and California had about half of the arsenic that most other types of rice contained.

You can greatly reduce your arsenic intake by first rinsing rice before cooking and using a ratio of 6 cups of water to one cup of rice. Just rinsing the rice well before cooking will reduce your arsenic intake by as much as 30 percent. Additionally, choosing white rice from California, such as Lundberg brand Basmati rice, can greatly lower your intake of arsenic.


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You can enjoy gluten free grains such as millet, buckwheat, amaranth, polenta, and grits as these had negligible levels of arsenic. Quinoa, barley, and bulgur were also tested and found to have extremely low levels of arsenic. These would all be smart alternative to rice.

If you love rice and eat it often, you will want to limit your weekly consumption of rice to lower the health risks involved in consuming inorganic arsenic. Remember that arsenic accumulates in the body and rice is not the only food that contains this poison. Vegetables and water also contain small levels of arsenic. So it’s important to be smart about your diet and consume only rice with lower levels of arsenic, rinse it well, and eat it in moderation. Read also about the best foods to eat for a heavy metals detox.



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  1. robber2112

    Apr 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Sounds like the EPA and the FDA, need to get off their butt’s, and do their job of protecting us USA citizens, not merely receiving a free paycheck…

  2. Alfred

    Apr 8, 2015 at 10:48 am

    How does organic rice compare in quantities of arsenic to regular rice???