bbc.comAccording to research from Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Institute for Global Food Security, around 58 per cent of rice-based products in the UK contain high levels of arsenic. The first food that most people eat is rice porridge, thought suitable for weaning as rice is low in allergens, has good textural properties and tastes bland.
Is arsenic allowed in rice?
There are maximum levels set in legislation on the levels of inorganic arsenic allowed in rice and rice products in the EU. Stricter levels are set for foods intended for young children. The maximum levels for substances that contaminate our environment are regularly reviewed.
Is brown rice high in arsenic?
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story indicated high levels of arsenic in rice husk contribute to brown rice having higher levels of the carcinogen than white rice does. In fact, the husk is removed to make both types of rice; brown rice is higher in arsenic due to high levels in the bran. Content loading…
Is rice toxic?
Rice tends to take up more arsenic from the environment than other cereal crops, depending on the variety of rice and how it’s grown. The arsenic in rice also tends to be a more toxic form. It has the potential to increase the risk of illnesses in humans, including cancer.
What foods have arsenic in them?
High levels of inorganic arsenic have been detected in many rice-based products, such as: Rice milk (11). Rice bran (12, 13). Rice-based breakfast cereals (13). Rice cereal (baby rice) (14, 15). Rice crackers (13). Brown rice syrup (16). Cereal bars containing rice and/or brown rice syrup.
Why is rice so high in arsenic?
An optimum balance of soil, water and sunlight is needed to grow rice. It is argued that one of the major factors at play causing high readings of arsenic in rice is the soil used to plant the seeds.
Which Rice has less arsenic in it?
According to Consumer Reports, it appears that organic basmati white rice from India, sold at Target and Trader Joe’s, has the lowest levels of arsenic they tested, and white rice generally has less arsenic than brown rice. The results are at the bottom of this article.
Should I be concerned that arsenic is in my rice?
Yes . There is no doubt about it, arsenic in rice is a problem. This may pose a health risk to those who eat rice every day in considerable amounts. This mainly applies to people in Asia or people with Asian-based diets. Other groups who may eat a lot of rice products include young children and those on a milk-free or gluten-free diet.
What you should know about arsenic levels in your rice?
According to the study on arsenic in rice by Consumer Reports, brown rice has higher levels of arsenic than white because high levels of the arsenic are found in the bran. The bran is removed to make white rice, so if you eat a lot of brown rice you might want to switch it up with white (despite the fact that brown rice is typically thought to be the better choice , nutritionally).