Thursday, February 16, 2012

The White on Rice

There we think brown rice is the good stuff since it is not stripped of its hull which contains, as they tell us, all the vitamins and minerals. But now, it turns out, that very specific hull can also contain an extraordinary amount of arsenic, which is in the soil naturally but also often used in pesticides. A recent study claims that organic (!) brown rice syrup, often used in cereal bars and even baby formula, contains alarming rates of inorganic arsenic. Baby formula? really? Let me think, doesn't organic mean no pesticides? 

Quote: (report on ABC News Medical Unit)

“The EPA drinking water standard is 10 parts per billion for total arsenic, which combines inorganic and organic arsenic. Jackson's team tested one package of soy-based baby formula made with organic brown rice syrup and found a total arsenic level of 60 ppb, including about 25 ppb of inorganic arsenic.

[…]

They also detected arsenic levels ranging from 23 to 128 ppb in cereal bars made with brown rice syrup; and levels of 84 to 171 ppb in three flavors of energy shots.”

So, I guess it’s back to the white on rice. 

And let’s just hope the arsenic study was not funded by the old lace corn (syrup) industry.

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