There’s Arsenic In Rice! Do You Have to Stop Eating It?
Let’s face it: nothing we consume these days seems to be 100% beneficial for our body. Somehow, in some insanely twisted way, the things we consider to be “healthy” can immediately bite us in the ass and wreck our entire system without us even knowing.
From the hidden pesticides in conventional kale to fruits high in sugar, to high doses of caffeine found in your steamy cup of green tea, you can’t just possibly build the perfect diet – even in the loosest usage of the term.
Those things aside here’s another common food item that could potentially harm you: RICE.
Yes, that famous, wonderful carb popular in Asian cuisine contains an insane amount of arsenic. A toxic element that can bring about cancer. Isn’t the world just absolutely unfair?
What is Arsenic?
Arsenic is a carcinogen, and it exists in two types: organic and inorganic. The former is found in plants and animal tissues. The latter, on the other hand, is what’s ruining your carb-filled day.
Inorganic arsenic is found in soil and its presence has been multiplied by the increase of pollution. Small amounts of it usually get into your food – amounts so minuscule that you would not have to worry about it at all.
Unfortunately, rice grows in a manner different from other crops. To effectively mature, this crop is submerged – almost drowned – in water, locking in the inorganic arsenic and ensuring that large amounts enough to adversely affect you get into the plant.
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Still not thinking about cutting rice from your diet?
I wouldn’t recommend eating rice at all to play safe. But tell that to the millions of people living in Asia. We live in Cambodia and rice is the main staple food here. It is loved and revered. It’s there main food and income source.
Every time you tell them they should eat more veggies and less rice they feel attacked and laugh your silly remark away. Even the recommended food plate in the hospital notes that 2/3 of your plate should be rice and the other 1/3 should be meat and vegs….
Don’t wanna give up rice? Here’s what you should do!
Professor Andy Meharg of Queen’s University Belfast has discovered a way to reduce the arsenic levels in rice, making it just a little bit safer for you to consume.
Meharg recommends upping the usual water-to-rice ratio of 2:1 to a ratio of 5:1. Leaving it overnight with the indicated amount of water will minimize the arsenic in rice by a staggering 80%.
Here’s the terrible news that we can’t deny: there is still and always will be arsenic in your rice, whether you like it or not.
At the end of the day, however, everyone has to bear in mind that most things we eat will come with some adverse effects. The key here is moderation. Think of it this way: one cup of rice won’t destroy your body, but eating an entire pound of high-fructose fruits such as mangoes will. Anything and everything can be a risk to your system if consumed in huge amounts. Take portioning into considering!
If you’re on a low-carb diet and have completely eliminated rice from your vocabulary, then you’re in luck! But if you constantly incorporate this flexible ingredient into your meals – may it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner time – then maybe it’s best to reduce your intake.
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There is no doubt that you can keep rice in your diet, regardless of what you may have just read. Again, consuming it in little amounts every now and then won’t wreck your system and bring about any untoward effects. So once in a while, have a piece of cake, maybe a handful of your favorite chips. After all, you can’t get hurt from enjoying a little bit of everything – even rice.
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