Concerns about Arsenic in Brown Rice?

  1. Especially avoid all rice (not just brown) that’s grown in Louisiana, or South Eastern US.
  2. Avoid WholeFoods 365 “Organic” Brown Rice
  3. Wash your rice before cooking
  4. Cook rice in a large amount of water till done, then pour off excess
  5. Opt for another grain! Amarynth, Quinoa, Millet, Spelt (most Alkalizing). Or, if you must have rice…do white.
  6. Don’t feed your infant commercially processed, rice based cereal! (Don’t feed your infant anything commercially processed)!

Here’s the LINK for the Consumer Reports test results on Arsenic in Rice.

Worrisome arsenic levels were detected in infant cereals, typically consumed between 4 and 12 months of age.

Among the four infant cereals tested, we found varying levels of arsenic, even in the same brand. Gerber SmartNourish Organic Brown Rice cereal had one sample with the highest level of total arsenic in the category at 329 ppb, and another sample had the lowest total level in this category at 97.7 ppb. It had 0.8 to 1.3 micrograms of inorganic arsenic per serving.

Earth’s Best Organic Whole Grain Rice cereal had total arsenic levels ranging from 149 ppb to 274 ppb, but higher levels of inorganic arsenic per serving, from 1.7 to 2.7 micrograms.

…To reduce arsenic risks, we recommend that babies eat no more than 1 serving of infant rice cereal per day on average. And their diets should include cereals made of wheat, oatmeal, or corn grits, which contain significantly lower levels of arsenic, according to federal information.

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