Is that a thing? I must have missed the memo.
I myself enjoy cheesy rice, buttered rice, herbed rice, creamy rice…
but arsenic rice? Mmm, yum…
The FDA has analyzed 200 samples of Rice (domestic grown included) and found more inorganic arsenic in a single serving than what the EPA allows in a quart of drinking water. The FDA has not released the brands that have been contaminated and has recommended that consumers not change their eating habits, however, Consumer Reports took federal data and concluded that those who incorporate rice into their regular diet have arsenic levels that are 44% higher than those who don’t….eat it twice a day, and it could raise it to 70%. I consume rice at least 2-3 times a day I’m a huge advocate of Brown Rice but in this instance, because it retains the plants shell, it contains higher levels of arsenic.
One reader commented that in order to combat these “worrisome levels,” any consumer could rest easy by washing their rice several times. Another source assures us that it’s a commonplace practice to lace feed with arsenic for livestock to produce manure that fertilizes crops such as rice.
It was a he said she said battle before (The US Rice Federation says these findings are “overblown”), but now the National Chicken Council feels under attack and strongly disputes any “insinuations” regarding arsenic-laced feed.
Arsenic is a known carcinogen and exposure to it can lead to lung, skin, and bladder cancer as well as heart disease. Young children are especially susceptible to negative side effects from lowered IQ to impacting overall brain development and may contribute to behavioral problems.
I have a feeling my parents are not going to like this :/
Love & Apprehension,
Your Squishy Monster