Rice is a frequently consumed grain, especially for people who follow a gluten-free diet (avoiding wheat, barley and rye). Rice flour is widely used in gluten-free breads, pastas, cereals, and crackers. Rice cereal is often an infant’s first solid food.
Why the concern about eating such a popular grain? This is due to the presence of arsenic, a naturally occurring element, that is found in both organic (carbon-containing) and inorganic (non-carbon-containing) forms. It may be present in soil, water, and air. Inorganic arsenic is a known carcinogen and ingestion may cause an increased risk of certain cancers. The U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry classifies inorganic arsenic as a known human carcinogen.
Consumer Reports has recently published new data and guidelines concerning arsenic levels in rice. Please click here to read the entire report: