People who eat rice have 44% higher arsenic levels: Report

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There is some evidence that long-term exposure to arsenic in children may result in lower IQ scores.

Better option: White rice

Interestingly, the average total and inorganic arsenic levels have been found to be higher for brown rice than for white. The process of polishing rice to produce white rice removes those surface layers, slightly reducing the total arsenic and inorganic arsenic in the grain. In brown rice, only the hull is removed. Arsenic concentrations found in bran that is removed during the milling process to produce white rice can be 10 to 20 times higher than levels found in bulk rice grain. This also makes arsenic in rice bran oil, a concern.

Nevertheless, rice is an important and nutritious staple for many people and it may be premature to draw conclusions regarding changes in eating habits. Infact, USFDA is not recommending changes in consumption of rice and rice products. According to them, consumers must eat a balanced diet including a wide variety of grains, not only for good nutrition but also to minimize any potential consequences from consuming any one particular food.

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