I'm new to the kind life. I've been vegetarian for years, but am newly vegan. I'm scouring the internet to feed my hunger for more info. In my search for a home made eco laundry detergent...I found this article on arsenic in rice. Organic or not. Brown, white, whatever... Also found in products made from rice such as brown rice syrup and baby food & rusks.
Is this something that is just new info to me? Does anyone know of arsenic free brands out there?? This is super scary!
Hopefully the rice people will start testing their product and then putting something on their package that says 'arsenic free' but I'm sure there are some rice producers that are okay, you just have to find out which ones and where they grow their rice perhaps as I think it all comes down to location/soil quality due to past mistakes with chemicals. So maybe Canadian rice is okay?
As I try the Kind Diet recipes including brown rice, and rice syrup and sea weed, etc. I have been researching these items since they are new to me and the arsenic in brown rice and hijiki sea weed stood out. My answer has been mainly to eat a varied diet so I am eating lots of whole grains not just rice. I've tried: whole barley, brown rice, quinoa, and whole oat groats so far with Amaranth, millet and buckwheat on the list next. And for sea weed I'm switching it up between wakame, nori, arame, and kombu so far. I did try hijiki but it won't be a mainstay.
"Change the way you cook rice. You may be able to cut your exposure to inorganic arsenic in rice by rinsing raw rice thoroughly before cooking, using a ratio of 6 cups water to 1 cup rice for cooking and draining the excess water afterward. That is a traditional method of cooking rice in Asia. The modern technique of cooking rice in water that is entirely absorbed by the grains has been promoted because it allows rice to retain more of its vitamins and other nutrients. But even though you may sacrifice some of rice's nutritional value, research has shown that rinsing and using more water removes about 30 percent of the rice's inorganic arsenic content.