Rice Is Covered In Dangerous Chemicals - How To Safely Remove Them
Michelle Shreeve 11/17/2016
As the years pass by, more and more studies are showing that there are a lot of chemicals, preservatives, and additives found within our food. Organic consumers are on the rise, as more and more people are wanting to eat healthier, by choosing better quality foods. A little while back, studies focused on a toxic chemical that was found in the very apple juice we give to our children. Now that same chemical has been discovered in another everyday food we eat.
A few years ago, Dr. Oz was under fire by the media, after revealing apple juice contained the dangerous chemical known as arsenic. As soon as he reported this information on his show, the public was completely outraged, to where even other medical doctors and researchers were trying to discredit his claims. Consumer Reports ended up doing their own investigation into the matter, and discovered that Dr. Oz was indeed right, that traces of arsenic did exist in apple juice after all.
As vindication settled in for Dr. Oz, thankfully a lot of companies have taken steps to remove arsenic from apple juice that children mostly drink, to make the product safer for them. However, now another study is being brought up, with Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports being involved again, making consumers aware that arsenic also exists in the rice we eat.
Being the most widely eaten food in the world, rice contributes the most arsenic to the human diet. Arsenic is not a chemical that we want to have high traces of in our bodies. In some cases, arsenic can be poisonous, and can have side effects on the digestive tract. It has been shown to cause cancer, and in some severe cases, even death.
It's important to look at the ingredients of every single product you consume. Chances are, rice is one of the ingredients in a lot of different foods you eat. Although the main way for you to reduce your risk of arsenic exposure is to stop consuming rice or rice ingredient products altogether, there are some other alternatives you can try.
It's possible to remove arsenic traces yourself, by 'washing your rice.' Here's are the steps you can take to effectively wash your rice.
First, take a bowl big enough to add your rice, and also three times the amount of cold water. Combine the two, and the cold water will help give the rice a good rinse. Eliminate any debris you see floating in the bowl.
Then, rub some rice into your hand and slowly let it slip through your fingers. Drain the water afterwards. Proceed to rinse the rice with the hottest water possible, until the water comes out clear.
Now, drain the water again using a strainer. At this point, soak the rice in hot water overnight to remove as much arsenic as possible. Drain the water one more time in the morning, rinsing with cold water until the water runs clear.
Another way you can try and remove arsenic traces from your rice is by using a coffee percolator. Just like how your coffee grounds get seeped through by hot water, the same concept will work by putting rice in place of your coffee grounds. The hot water will help remove any arsenic that may be lurking within your rice.
Studies show that quinoa, amaranth, and millet contain significantly lesser levels of arsenic. So, if you want to try and reduce your risk of arsenic exposure, here are your three options. Stop eating rice and rice products altogether, wash your rice, or consume quinoa, amaranth, or millet instead.
Watch this video to see more of the report from Dr. Oz.
Your arsenic levels are higher with the more arsenic foods you consume. It's okay to eat rice every now and then, but if you eat rice everyday, you might want to make the switch to lower your risk.