Did you know that today there is an issue with arsenic in your rice?
All types of rice with a label indicating that it’s grown in Arkansas, Louisiana, or Texas had the highest levels of inorganic arsenic in consumer tests, with the exception of sushi and quick cooking rice.
According to Consumer Reports, white rice from California has 38% less inorganic arsenic than white rices from other parts of the country.
Did you ever think this was an issue in America?
Brown rice seems like a logical solution, right?
Brown rice has 80% more inorganic arsenic on average than white rice.
What? How can this be?
Arsenic is the issue because arsenic accumulates in the grain’s outer layers, which are removed to make white rice. Brown has more nutrients, yes, so you shouldn’t switch entirely to white, and brown Basmati from California, India, or Pakistan is your best choice according to the Report; these sources of brown rice have about a third less inorganic arsenic than other brown rices.
Inorganic Versus Organic Rice
Rice that’s grown organically takes up arsenic the same way conventional rice does, so don’t rely on all organic to have less arsenic.
Organically-farmed rices contain fewer pesticides, but all rice soaks up arsenic from the soil.
Organic rice should have fewer toxins overall, but it won’t have lower levels of arsenic unless the soil it grows in was never exposed to arsenic – in today’s world this is an unknown because arsenic has been in our soils for over 50 years.
Arsenic cannot be completely removed from rice through washing or cooking, either – if it’s there, it’s imbedded in the grain.
So, what’s the healthiest rice choice?
Basmati rice is the overall best choice, according to the studies. Brown or white, Basmati has the least amount of arsenic and the most vitamins and minerals.
How To Remove Arsenic
- Soak your rice overnight – this opens up the grain and allows the arsenic to escape;
- Drain the rice and rinse thoroughly with fresh water;
- For every part rice add 5 parts water and cook until the rice is tender – do not boil it to dry.
Do you know what your arsenic level is right now? If you think you have been exposed to arsenic in rice, farm chemicals, or paper products, get a hair analysis – it’ll show you what your level of arsenic is.
Use Basmati white rice from India for your next fried-rice meal.
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