Despite the many benefits of rice, this gluten-free, fiber-loaded, whole grain has a dirty secret: Arsenic. Arsenic is a carcinogen that has been linked to skin, bladder, lung, kidney, liver, and prostate issues, and is one of the worst chemicals hiding in your home.
The most troubling part is that children are at the greatest risk for arsenic exposure through rice. "Infants and younger children have two to three times higher arsenic exposure than adults," reported the European Society for Paediactric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHN) in a review on arsenic in rice.
The researchers from ESPGHN and experts at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) offer these five tips to minimize your arsenic exposure from rice: