23 Sep '12, 7pm

There’s arsenic in your rice — and here’s how it got there via @grist / :(

Rice. It’s just one of the basics, right? Whether eaten on its own, or in products like pastas or cereal, this inexpensive and healthy food is a staple for Asian and Latino communities, as well as the growing number of people looking to avoid gluten. Here’s the bad news (cue Debbie Downer sound effect ): The food most of us think we have more or less locked down is shockingly high in arsenic. And arsenic, especially the inorganic form often found in rice, is a known carcinogen linked to several types of cancer, and believed to interfere with fetal development. According to new research by the Consumers Union , which took over 200 samples of both organic and conventionally grown rice and rice products, nearly all the samples contained some level of arsenic, and a great deal of them contained enough to cause alarm. While there is no federal standard for arsenic in food, acco...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/theres-arsenic-in-your-rice-and-her...

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