The FDA recently released an update on the 2012 Consumer Report that identified significant levels of arsenic in rice. The update was meant to be reassuring to the public, but if examined closely, it provides no more comfort about the levels of arsenic found in rice.
Arsenic, a potent carcinogen, can be found in the highest levels in brown rice, which is used in organic rice baby cereals and breakfast cereals. This toxin can set up children for numerous health problems later in life.
So what does the FDA say about this? They have found that the arsenic levels in rice pose no apparent short-term effects (which is obvious since people aren’t dropping dead from eating rice.) The agency is still unsure of the long-term effects of this new discovery. “We still need to better understand long-term health risks,” said FDA spokesperson Shelley Burgess (WBUR).
If we have known that there were no short-term effects of arsenic in rice for awhile now, why did the FDA feel the need to issue this update now? It probably has to do with the pressure from the US rice industry to restore the public’s confidence in their products. It was a good attempt by the agency, but people saw right through it. For the time being, they are recommending that people vary their diet to include barley, oats, quinoa, and wheat rather than daily rice consumption.
So how do you get rid of the arsenic that you have unknowingly been building up in your body? The answer is almost too easy: sweat! Arsenic is stored primarily in the skin, so sweating is the best way to remove the toxin from your system. Read our article on 4 Great Ways to Detox for more information on detox methods.