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Arsenic in Chicken & Rice | Care2 Healthy Living

Arsenic in Chicken & Rice | Care2 Healthy Living

Odorless and tasteless, arsenic is a metalloid that is somewhat naturally occurring in drinking water supplies and can cause the thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, numbness in hands and feet, partial paralysis, and blindness (not to mention cancer) if consumed in high, or even moderate, quantities over time. The EPA has set a strict standard for arsenic levels in drinking water, but oddly no arsenic standard exists for food. This is not usually all that much of an issue, as elevated levels of arsenic have not been all that apparent in edible items…at least until now. Under attack (or at least influenced) by this upswing in arsenic prevalence is factory-farmed chickens. According to a New York Times Op-Ed , arsenic has routinely been fed to conventionally raised poultry (and sometimes hogs) because it reduces infections and m...

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