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I didnt know rice has high levels of Arsenic


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Mainly in Basmati rice from India.

I'd imagine depending which country you source your rice from.

Jasmin rice comes from Thailand. I'd say Thailand has better water quality?

There is Calfornian rice but they use flouride in tap water over there.

Italy produce some rice too because they eat risotto.

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I watched a Dr Berg video on it. From memory brown rice was the worst.

 

I'm sure in small amounts probably not too bad.

 

I lived in the east coast of Costa Rica for 3 months and their dish they have at every sitting is Gallo Pinto - rice and beans. After that I cannot even look at rice and use quinoa instead which I believe has less carbs as well. Haven't heard any arsenic stories relating to quinoa yet

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All the rice recipes I've seen tell you to wash the rice before cooking it, but not why you need to. Perhaps the experts have known about the arsenic for years but don't like to spell it out. Whether rinsing removes the arsenic is another matter. 

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Rice is the staple diet of many Asian countries and I'm sure it's not killing off everyone in those countries so I don't really see what the issue is.

 

Saying that, I have always been told never to reheat rice, so the rice you have left over from last night's takeaway should be thrown out, even though the curry may be fine to reheat.

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, webtrekker said:

Rice is the staple diet of many Asian countries and I'm sure it's not killing off everyone in those countries so I don't really see what the issue is.

 

Yeah, the Indonesians and Filipinos in my extended family seem healthier than a lot of westerners that I know.

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34 minutes ago, webtrekker said:

Rice is the staple diet of many Asian countries and I'm sure it's not killing off everyone in those countries so I don't really see what the issue is.

 

Saying that, I have always been told never to reheat rice, so the rice you have left over from last night's takeaway should be thrown out, even though the curry may be fine to reheat.

 

 

 

Re-heating rice is something to do with bacteria build up. I have done it many time as long as its hot its fine i think.

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5 hours ago, webtrekker said:

Rice is the staple diet of many Asian countries and I'm sure it's not killing off everyone in those countries so I don't really see what the issue is.

 

Saying that, I have always been told never to reheat rice, so the rice you have left over from last night's takeaway should be thrown out, even though the curry may be fine to reheat.

 

 

 

A quality controller for m+s food told me never to reheat and eat takeaway rice. They mentioned cryptosporidium? Or something along those lines, can’t remember. 
Rice you’ve cooked yourself wasn’t as bad, as long as it’s covered and in the fridge, maximum 1 day. 

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21 hours ago, Captainlove said:

Hi all,

 

I have just learnt tonight that rice is very high in Arsenic. I have eaten rice for a long time as i thought it was meant to be good for you. The question is should i stop eating it? What the forums thoughts on this.

 

Thank you for bringing this up. It's true that rice can contain high levels of arsenic, particularly if it is grown in areas where arsenic is present in the soil. However, it's important to note that not all types of rice are equally high in arsenic.

If you're concerned about your intake of arsenic, you may want to consider switching to lower-arsenic grains such as quinoa, millet, or couscous. You could also try soaking your rice before cooking it, which can help to reduce the arsenic content.

In any case, it's always a good idea to eat a varied diet that includes a range of different grains, vegetables, fruits, and proteins. This helps to ensure that you're getting a broad range of nutrients and reduces the risk of any one particular food becoming a health concern.

I hope that helps. Let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.

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15 hours ago, Campion said:

All the rice recipes I've seen tell you to wash the rice before cooking it, but not why you need to. Perhaps the experts have known about the arsenic for years but don't like to spell it out. Whether rinsing removes the arsenic is another matter. 

I think the story is to remove the starch.

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18 hours ago, Anti Facts Sir said:

Interesting! I don't like Basmati rice at all, but Pilau's always been a fave. So what's the difference, if any? Don't have it very often so unlikely to get too poisoned even if Pilau has arsenic as well....

 

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! I think it's great that we all have different tastes and preferences when it comes to food. As for the difference between Basmati rice and Pilau rice, they are actually two different types of rice. Basmati rice is a long-grain rice with a distinct aroma and flavor, while Pilau rice is typically a mix of long-grain rice with spices, vegetables, and sometimes meat or seafood.

 

Regarding the issue of arsenic in rice, it's true that many types of rice can contain arsenic, which is a naturally occurring element in soil and water. However, there are ways to reduce the amount of arsenic in rice, such as soaking it before cooking, using a higher water-to-rice ratio, and choosing rice that is grown in areas with lower levels of arsenic.

It's always important to be mindful of what we eat and where it comes from, but I wouldn't worry too much about getting poisoned from Pilau rice or any other rice dish if you don't eat it too often. As with any food, moderation is key.

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