Rice is a staple food all around the world the world and is heavily loaded with arsenic as result of industrial toxins and pesticides, hence Scientists have warned that millions of people are putting themselves at risk by using the common method – known for decades – for cooking rice.
In a recent experiment, experts discovered that the usual method of cooking rice – boiling it in a pot until the water steamed out – is totally wrong since the poisonous compound, arsenic, which contaminates rice during the farming process is not removed.
Accord to report from the Independent UK, the arsenic metal – which is also found in water, chicken and other poultry birds, beer and wine, has been linked to a range of health problems including heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
New Safety Method of Cooking Your Rice
Millions of people believe that traces of this chemical are expelled when the rice is cooked, but scientists now claimed that greater percentage of it can only be removed if the rice is soaked overnight to flush out the poison, and then it can be rinsed and cooked the next day.
A professor of biological sciences at Queens University Belfast, United Kingdom, Andy Meharg proved this fact when he analyses the result by cooking rice in three ways.
First, Professor Meharg applied a ratio of two parts water to one part rice, where the water was “steamed out” during cooking — a method commonly used, to see if altered the levels of arsenic.
He found this left most of the arsenic present.
The professor used five parts water to one part rice and washed the excess water off, leaving the levels of arsenic in the rice to almost half percent.
In the third method, in which the rice was soaked overnight, levels of the toxin were reduced by 80 percent.
Therefore, it was concluded that safest method of cooking rice is to soak it overnight, then wash and rinse it until the water is clear, before draining it well and boiling in a saucepan, with a ratio of five parts water to one part rice.
According to research from Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Institute for Global Food Security, around 58 percent of rice-based products in the UK contain high levels of arsenic.
More About Arsenic In Rice
Based on the findings by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, rice has higher levels of inorganic arsenic than other foods, in part because as rice plants grow, the plant and grain tend to absorb arsenic more readily than other food crops.
The group which has been monitoring the levels of arsenic in foods informed that the chemical is not intentionally added to rice grain, and when present in the grain, cannot be completely removed, hence they proffer advice on consumption of rice and other cereals.
Advice to Parents, Caregivers and Pregnant Women:
- Rice cereal fortified with iron is a good source of nutrients for your baby, but it shouldn’t be the only source and does not need to be the first source. Other fortified infant cereals include oat, barley and multigrain.
- Feed your baby iron-fortified cereals to be sure she or he is receiving enough of this important nutrient.
- For toddlers, provide a well-balanced diet, which includes a variety of grains.