study by Dartmouth has shown high levels of arsenic in products like organic toddler formulas, cereal bars, and energy products. The common ingredient in these items in organic brown rice syrup.
Anna Hackman of Green Talk also found that a study in 2007 showed people who consumed more than the average amount of rice were being exposed to arsenic. If you are like me and eat a limited amount of meat you likely eat a lot of rice. Sometimes for lunch I just eat a big bowl of rice with a bit of cheese and we eat it often as a side or even the main dish for dinner.
So where is the arsenic coming from? Well it comes from soil that has been contaminated by arsenic based pesticides. The pesticides were used on cotton crops and now a lot of rice is now being grown on these old cotton fields. So even though these pesticides have been banned the arsenic is still in the ground.
Thankfully there are ways to protect yourself. Anna has a great post on her blog, Green Talk, about eating rice safely. Check that out and also sign Anna's petition on Change.org to tell the FDA, EU, and the rice industry to set arsenic limits for rice and by-products.
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