Rice is a staple food for more than half of the world population. It is a simple, comforting and affordable food.
Brown rice is considered a healthy choice because it’s a whole grain with fiber and minerals and many have converted to eating brown versus white rice.
Unfortunately, there is a dark side to rice many of us do not know about or even want to know about!
You see the world’s supply of rice whether its white, brown, organic or conventional grown rice, it is all tainted with Arsenic. One of the world’s most toxic poisons, Arsenic has built up in our water and soil supplies.
Even though arsenic is normally in our environment in organic forms, the inorganic form of arsenic mostly from pesticides and fertilizers has increased arsenic amounts greatly in the past 25 years.
So now the total amount of arsenic found in all rice is very high and this affects rice more than other grains, since rice is grown underwater!
Frequent exposure to arsenic causes:
- Digestive upset, abdominal pain and diarrhea
- Headaches and confusion
Long term usage of Rice with Arsenic:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Skin pigmentation with lesions
- High blood pressure and heart disease
- Neurological issues
The CDC and the WHO (World Health Organization) said in a statement that arsenic will leave your body in a few days.
Other research has said that inorganic arsenic can live in your tissues for months or longer.
Arsenic says the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as a category 1 carcinogen and a possible cause for many cancers, especially Lung cancer.
Brown rice, believe it or not, has been found to contain 80% more arsenic than white due to the fact that it collects in the rice outer hull.
Basmati rice grown in California and India has been reported to have lower amounts of arsenic than other areas or kinds of rice.
How can you decrease the arsenic in rice?
- First by decreasing amounts you eat which will help your symptoms.
- Some arsenic can be washed off, published studies show you do loose some of the minerals but it is better to lessen the arsenic amounts.
- Soak rice for 48 hours before cooking, changing the water every 12 hours (like soaking beans)
- Cooking rice in excess water (6-10 parts) and draining the excess water.
- Add a variety of grains in your diet by using oats, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, farro or barley.
Remember there are many other products made of rice: rice milk, rice flour, rice pasta and cereals. All of these will have increased amounts of arsenic.
Here is just another health aspect of our planet that you can avoid or at least decrease your risk of disease. Take advantage of this information to benefit your body.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and Nutritional Health Consultant. Helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.