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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)