It’s all over the news … Arsenic in RICE.
RICE is a staple food for many families.
There’s a saying “A meal is not a meal unless there’s rice.”
I only eat rice with chicken on special occasions/events.
We did some google research and found out …
Arsenic is all around us.
Arsenic is found in the air we breathe, water we drink and the food we eat.
Arsenic is a natural compound, meaning it is in the soil and ground.
Rice is grown in a soggy environment which is vulnerable to arsenic exposure.
According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency),
Arsenic intake from rice is 17%.
Fruits and fruit juices 18%.
The highest level of arsenic is in vegetables, 24%.
We also learned cooking rice the old style way …
rinsing/washing thoroughly and boiling reduces 30% of the arsenic.
Hey ! this is how mom cooks rice.
So, Is RICE Safe to eat?
Being aware of arsenic and moderate consumption of rice and other rice products is helpful.
My mom will be cautious in using rice flour when making tasty treats for me.
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