Arsenic in rice: Low levels of arsenic found in rice is nothing that rice-lovers need to stress about too much, but the FDA is encouraging diet variation for those who want to steer clear of the carcinogen. According to the Food and Drug Administration, which was recently pressured to make the public more aware of the potential of arsenic being found in everyday rice, people should keep their diets varied to avoid any threat the carcinogen may pose in the common food, the Monitor reports this Saturday, Sept. 7.
While arsenic in rice may sound like a major health threat, the FDA is telling the public to not throw away their chopsticks just yet. The national healthy agency revealed this Friday a recent study in which 1,300 different samples of rice were tested to check for the carcinogen’s levels in specific kinds. The research revealed that while the amount of arsenic in all rice is very, very low, the highest amounts of the carcinogen were found in brown rice, while the lowest were found in infant rice formula and instant rice.
The best way to stay healthy, encouraged the agency, is to simply have solid diet variation: not too much rice, mainly. While the FDA has affirmed that arsenic in rice poses no serious health treat in the short term, they are conducting a long-term study to determine whether the carcinogen levels (even at their most minuscule amounts) may be dangerous to consumers in the long run or having too much rice.
Rice is said to be prone to higher arsenic levels than a majority of other foods because it is most commonly grown in the ground where water is present, which provides the highest chance of the carcinogen to be absorbed into the grain.
In order to minimize risks, the FDA has stated it will keep the public up-to-date with any more findings about the arsenic amounts in rice (tests are still underway) and whether diet variation is proven to reduce any negative affects the carcinogen may pose, even in small doses, summed up the report.