Before You Eat Rice Read This: Lead and Arsenic Found in Rice
While fears about lead in rice are based in research, researchers who originally presented the study that found high levels of heavy metal in imported rice are realizing that their results may have been skewed by faulty equipment.
Tsanangurayi Tongesayi, a PHD of Monmouth University in New Jersey, first presented his alarming findings in March 2013. He made tests on rice which was imported from China, Taiwan, the Czech Republic, Italy, Bhutan, India, and Thailand. He revealed that the grains of rice could actually be contaminated with 6 – 12 parts per million lead. That is almost 10 times the amount of lead which is safe – said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Yet, when he replicated those findings in order to get the study published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, the levels were in fact less than 1 part per million. That was less low than his previous findings.
He had also sent the original testing equipment back to the manufacturer and the company had reported that it had been damaged.
The authors of the study are still searching and trying to understand the lead level and content in rice. They are using other methods to make analysis of the amount of lead that these grains contain.
Why would anyone find arsenic in rice?
Arsenic can naturally appear in soil, water and rocks, but its levels may be higher in some areas than others. It can readily and easily enter the food chain and may accumulate in significant amounts in both animals. When we eat, this can have an effect on human health.
Arsenic is the primary reason to make restriction in the rice consumption because it is extremely detrimental to human health.
You can substitute rice for grains like millet, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth.
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