Arsenic in rice? NO!!!!

I love rice! I love it covered with gravy or a stew, fried, steamed, whatever! There’s so many options for rice and its guaranteed to fill you up. Rice makes up the main food source for almost half of the world’s population. It also has various health benefits. No doubt that this is an extremely important crop. It is devastating to know that while I am enjoying fluffy rice, I may be at risk for cancer.

According to an article in Fooducate.com, Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the soil.  However, inorganic arsenic is found in the soils that were contaminated by arsenic based pesticides and fertilizers, industrial districts or mining areas, municipal waste, or contaminated water. Not all rice is contaminated, however, “76% of all rice grown in the US comes from areas where inorganic arsenic is an issue.” – Fooducate.com

According to the EPA, “the ingestion of inorganic arsenic can lead to cancer of the  skin, bladder, liver, and lung.  There are no studies of low levels long term arsenic exposure in food; however studies relating to low level arsenic exposure  in water have shown increased likelihood of diabetes type II and poor neuro-psychological functioning.” Three letters: B.A.D.

What can you do ?

First, learn how you can reduce your Arsenic intake from eating rice.  Second, sign the petition asking the FDA to regulate arsenic in rice and spread the word to your family and friends! DO NOT wait!

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