Rice

Items in Your Pantry - 🍚Rice.

Rice is a common pantry item that many have and it’s such an economical choice. It cooks up quick, is the base of so many delicious meals, and contains a lot of nutrients.

There is something to keep in mind about rice. Arsenic is a naturally occurring element that occurs in the earth. That, combined with the fact that arsenic has been added to the environment through different pesticides and fertilizers has made it abundant in soil as well as water. Rice absorbs arsenic more readily than other food crops. According to PhD Andy Meharg (Queens University, Northern Ireland) rice has 10-20 times the arsenic than other dietary staples. (1)

Consumer reports tested over 200 samples of rice and found *significant levels* in almost all of them. A wide variety of rice products tested high for arsenic: brown rice, white rice, baby rice cereal, rice milk and more. There were no exceptions to finding arsenic in rice products. Arsenic was found organic rice, conventional rice and rice from regions all across the world. Didn’t matter the type (2).
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🍚The rice with the highest amount of arsenic is grown in China, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.
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🍚The type of rice with the lowest levels of arsenic is Basmati rice from California, India or Pakistan.
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🍚@lundbergfarms is a brand that regularly checks the arsenic level of their rice and comes in lower than the FDA’s draft guidance. (3)
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👉🏻🌟👏🏻👍🏻Thankfully there is an easy way to reduce arsenic risk. First put the rice in a bowl and cover with clean water. Use 3 to 5 times more water than rice. Let it sit for 8 hours and rinse thoroughly with clean water before cooking (4).
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If rice is a daily part of your diet or your child’s diet, look at incorporating other grains in your diet as well: buckwheat (a seed, not wheat), quinoa, millet, oats and amaranth are all great options.
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1https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/health-38910848
2.https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm
3.https://www.lundberg.com/info/arsenic-in-food/arsenic-testing-results/
4.Journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0131608