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    Cooking rice... and arsenic.

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    papa_umau
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    Cooking rice... and arsenic.

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 10:42 am

    How we are all cooking rice incorrectly - and could be endangering our health

    Millions of cooks are endangering their health by cooking their rice incorrectly, scientists believe.

    Putting more water in the pan or even steeping it overnight is the best way to flush out traces of the poison  arsenic, they found.

    The chemical contaminates rice as a result of industrial toxins and pesticides which can remain in the soil for decades. 

    Experts have long debated what level of arsenic is safe, with new limits set by the EU in 2016. 

    Chronic exposure to the toxin has been linked to a range of health problems including developmental problems, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 

    Get the full report from The Daily Telegraph HERE




    When I read that it came as a bit of a shock.

    I wonder EXCATLY how dangerous the cooking of rice really is ?

    Anybody ? 


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    Re: Cooking rice... and arsenic.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 09 Feb 2017, 11:25 am

    That's a bit scary Paps.

    One might have thought that all rice should be well rinsed before we get it.

    I guess that steeping raw rice overnight and throwing out the water before cooking it is the way to go.
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    Re: Cooking rice... and arsenic.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 12:28 pm

    It seems to be all based around the quality of the earth that the rice is grown in and whether the likes of arsenic and other heavy metals are present in the soils.

    Why does this happen ?

    Arsenic also has been released into the environment through the use of pesticides and poultry fertilizer. (Chickens can be fed arsenic.) Therefore, it's in soil and water. Rice tends to absorb arsenic more readily than many other plants.

    HERE is an article on this from The BBC.


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    Re: Cooking rice... and arsenic.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 11 Feb 2017, 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the information Papa.

    That is good stuff that we all should know.
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    Re: Cooking rice... and arsenic.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 12 Feb 2017, 12:24 pm

    My pleasure Angie.

    I am nevertheless wondering why these poisons cannot be washed out of the rice and other similar foods BEFORE we get them ?

    As an example, potatoes are washed to take off the suspect soil before we get them, ( apart from expensive new-potatoes ), so why are pulses and other vegetables not pre-washed too ?


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