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Arsenic in Rice: How to decrease your Intake

Is arsenic in rice a concern when feeding your baby? What about older kids and adults; should you worry about the amount of rice you eat? Generally, I don't like to fear monger or make you think our food is "toxic", but I wanted to dig into this a little further today, since it's such a common question.

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What is Arsenic?

Arsenic is an element naturally found in the air, water and soil. The natural arsenic in animals and plants is called organic arsenic and we're not worried about that. Inorganic arsenic is the concern. It's also found in soil or water, but is more dangerous. And levels of organic arsenic have been increasing, due to pollution due to industrial manufacturing.

Arsenic is listed as one of the World Health Organization’s 10 chemicals of major public health concern. But this is mostly in areas such as Bangladesh where the water is contaminated and thousands have died.

In terms of inorganic arsenic in the food we eat, rice...

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