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Poisoned Rice

A Consumer Reports investigation of over 200 rice products revealed "significant" and "worrisome" amounts of inorganic arsenic in nearly every rice product they tested and urged consumers to scale back on their eating of rice products. They also asked the FDA to intervene, since inorganic arsenic is a known carcinogen. Arsenic is often found in vegetables, fruits and even water. Earlier this year, Consumer Reports found the chemical was common in many apple and grape juices. Rice, which is grown in liquid, easily absorbs the arsenic found naturally in soil and water.

We might expect to find dangerous chemicals in rice grown in the polluted soil of China, but this is rice grown right here in the US. White rice from Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas, where more than three quarters of domestic rice is grown, had higher levels of arsenic than other samples. Some infant rice cereals had five times the inorganic arsenic found in other cereals, such as oatmeal.

In the September 19th edition of the Los Angeles Times, Tiffany Hsu reports that eating a half a cup of cooked rice a day could cause a rise in urinary arsenic levels similar to the effect of drinking a liter of arsenic-laced water.

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This is a natural consequence of growing rice in a reducing (as opposed to oxidized) environment. Adding a bit of an oxidizing agent (such as hydrogen peroxide) to the water flooding the rice, probably would cause the Arsenic to shed electrons, and convert into an insoluble (or less soluble) form, which would not enter the rice in so great a concentration.

Adding much greater levels of Phosphorus to the soil before planting might have the same effect.

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