Friday, February 17, 2012

Arsenic in your brown rice!

Go to Yahoo, read the article, and weep.

Update: I have been thinking about this post and wanted to include a follow-up. The article speaks specifically of brown rice syrup, not brown rice having high arsenic content. I am sure it is because of the concentrated nature of the syrup. Here are a couple of pertinent paragraphs. The brown rice syrup is a big concern for those of us who try to use healthier processed gluten-free foods.

"According to the study, which was published Thursday in the journal "Environmental Health Perspectives," the researchers also found high arsenic levels in some organic foods sweetened with brown rice syrup, including cereal bars, energy bars, and gel energy "shots" that athletes slurp down after working out. 

"'The baby formula findings are concerning,' Jackson said. The risk of arsenic poisoning from eating a cereal bar or and energy shot once in a while are low, he pointed out, but for babies and for people who are on gluten-free diets, arsenic poisoning should be a concern."

1 comment:

Marisa said...

Arsenic is high in all rice, including white rice. My sister lives in China right now and says the rice fields are toxic due to the leaking car batteries! I don't know if that's true or not, but many "organic" foods are being found to contain high levels of heavy metals (fruit and fruit juice is also high in arsenic and lead). I believe God knew that we would need to be able to detox (as he made mercury), and he gave us foods that detox and a wonderful detox pathway through our liver and kidneys.

We use liposomal glutathione to support the liver, in addition to high doses of vitamin C, N-acetyl cysteine, and Alpha lipoic acid. We use a hair test to determine the amount of heavy metals that our bodies is excreting.

This has been my life for the last year, and I am ever impressed with God's foresight (for our current world), and his provision. Awestruck. - M