Do you want a little Arsenic with your Rice?
You may be getting a small dose of arsenic whether you know it or not.
A recent article in Consumer Reports says, “Rice, in general, is one of the foods with the highest levels of inorganic arsenic.” They go on to say, “Arsenic in our food is becoming a real public health problem.”
During testing it was found that white basmati rice had half the amount of arsenic as other rice. And, in general, white rice appears to have less arsenic than brown rice, yet most of us prefer brown rice as it’s considered the most healthy.
I’m not entirely surprised to learn of this issue after all the news about antibiotics and other chemicals contaminating our food chain through the feed that farm animals are given. On many days I wish I was a vegetarian but I’m not. So arsenic in our food chain and avoiding it as much as possible is important to me.
Yet, in this case it isn’t something farmers are feeding animals that causes the small dose of arsenic in our healthy rice dishes.