Well, This Is Scary… Arsenic in Rice

I’ve been doing a lot of research on nutrition lately and by that I mean I’ve been reading interpretations of cohort studies and other research papers.

I’ve discovered some things I wish I’d known earlier, such as that rice contains arsenic. Did you know? I sure as heck didn’t. For years I ate low carb so it was never an issue for me.

Consumer Reports released a study in 2012 recommending that people eat – at most – two servings of rice per week. (That also includes things like brown rice syrup, rice cakes, etc.) Rice evidently accumulates ten times more arsenic than other grains.

(The following information is from nutritionfacts.org.) “…the source of that contamination is arsenic pesticides, now banned, but previously used heavily on cotton crops, and arsenic-based antibiotics given to poultry in large-scale farming operations, which come out in their manure. In addition, you know that rice absorbs arsenic so well that it may be used to help clean up contaminated soils, but should be discarded afterward, not eaten. Now you know that, for example, China has much stricter standards for arsenic contamination of food than the US does, and that some of the worst contamination is in the southern US.”

U.S. rice averages twice the arsenic of Asian rice and it looks like California rice is safer than rice grown in Texas or Arkansas.

And here I was just eating brown rice all dumb and happy. Jeesh.

I have thrown out all my rice. That’s too much of a cancer risk for me. (Arsenic is classified as a Class 1 carcinogen – which is the highest level. Up there among asbestos and smoking.) Nor do I want to suffer from arsenic poisoning. (Arsenic impacts the immune system.)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23237657 (Arsenic and Rice A Call for Regulation)

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm (Consumer Reports)


4 thoughts on “Well, This Is Scary… Arsenic in Rice”

  1. Stop it Karen! You aren’t going to ruin rice for me. I actually eat very little rice but I’m still going to eat it despite your report 😂 geez after you are done with all your reports on foods that are bad for us there is very little left to eat.

    Tonight for dinner I am making tortellini with bacon and spinach and some italian spices, with a nice caesar salad and breadsticks.

    I’m sure you are appalled by this ROFLMAO; but, you are more than welcome to join us for dinner over here in Creekside. You’ll have your choice of unsweetened caffeinated tea insert “gasp” here, or water, with a choice of sparkling or still. Heck I may even pick up an Italian Creme Cake from HEB.

    If your mouth watering yet? LOL

  2. They just keep on ruining things for us. I love rice and if I had my way, I’d eat it every day. Right now, I only get it rarely so I guess that’s healthier but darn them. Why couldn’t it have been peas instead…

    • Do you know what I discovered about peas? This just blows my mind. Every canned pea I’ve been able to find – with the exception of the Whole Foods brand – adds sugar to the can. Why? Oh well, I used to love peas and rice, but since I’m not eating rice anymore, I guess the peas are out, too. 🙂

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