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How to minimize lead and arsenic in white rice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 12, 2013 at 6:11 AM

For those of you who include white rice on your diet, do you have any information on how to minimize the risk of ingesting arsenic and rice?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57579062/imported-rice-may-contain-dangerously-high-lead-levels/

Are there any safe rice sources? What about organic rice? Does it have arsenic and lead too?

Is there a country that produces rice that is better quality?

Does soaking the rice do anything to reduce the arsenic and lead?

I don't eat much rice, but when I do, I'd rather not get a dose of arsenic and lead.

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on October 25, 2013
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I was just looking over the newest FDA report on arsenic in rice released last month. It looks like the wishful 0.3-16ppb level is about 5-10x too low. I would say that it is indeed contaminated with arsenic. Not a ton, but it's there.

Apple juice for instance, has a max FDA level of 10ppb.

The India grown Organic Basmati has upwards of 200ppb arsenic, with CA half that.

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on May 23, 2013
at 07:50 PM

Thanks! That happens to be the brand I use! AWESOME!

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on April 12, 2013
at 07:13 PM

I live in Israel, and I think most or all of our rice comes from Asia, though I haven't really checked.

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on April 12, 2013
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Organic won't matter with the heavy metals, they are in the soil already. Whatever places have less heavy metals in the soil will result in less in the rice.

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on April 12, 2013
at 10:20 AM

On Chris Kresser's website store, he recommends this brand of rice as having less arsenic (.3 to 16 ppb of arsenic per serving). It's at most health food stores.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004WCND9C?tag=chrikres-20&link_code=as3&creative=373489&camp=211189

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on May 23, 2013
at 07:50 PM

Thanks! That happens to be the brand I use! AWESOME!

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on April 12, 2013
at 07:57 AM

Lead was found in rice imported to the United States. Not sure where you are from (in or out of U.S.) but most rice here is produced domestically and the article did not say that U.S. rice was contaminated with lead. However, rice grown in the southeast has been found to have worrisome levels of arsenic, possibly from pesticides used to treat cotton crops formerly grown in those fields. Rice is not a staple of my diet but I do eat it on occasion. I get organic basmati rice grown on the west coast which is not supposed to be contaminated with arsenic.

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on April 12, 2013
at 07:13 PM

I live in Israel, and I think most or all of our rice comes from Asia, though I haven't really checked.

Cf08ad26759fdd206a2c9f9385080a57

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on October 25, 2013
at 07:31 AM

I was just looking over the newest FDA report on arsenic in rice released last month. It looks like the wishful 0.3-16ppb level is about 5-10x too low. I would say that it is indeed contaminated with arsenic. Not a ton, but it's there.

Apple juice for instance, has a max FDA level of 10ppb.

The India grown Organic Basmati has upwards of 200ppb arsenic, with CA half that.

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