Uh….I don’t know how to break this to you.
And I don’t have a lot of time to write this! So real quick…
Have you heard about arsenic in rice? A few months ago, I was bragging to my mom about my beloved brown rice porridge I enjoyed every morning. A few days later she left me a voicemail in her freaked out mom voice:
“Kelly, Please stop eating rice!!! Today in the Oregonian’s syndicated Dr. Oz column he warned about high levels of arsenic in rice! Please go Google it now. Love you, Mom.”
What?!!! So, I found a few mainstream sources online talking about this. I was curious as to why the gluten-free community hadn’t been discussing it. My first impulse was to write about it, but then I thought about all of the panic it could cause. I really really really hate the thought of ever being an alarmist, you know? Ugh. At the same time…this could be hurting people.
And what about all of the lovely business people that make us rice based treats with love?
I didn’t want to act in haste.
So, I sat on it for a little while in order to get more scoop.
And today I did.
PLEASE READ THIS
Consumer Reports just published this article all about Arsenic In Your Food. Please click on that link and read the detailed report.
And I’ve been invited to attend Arsenic In Your Food: A Conversation With Consumer Reports. It’s tomorrow and it will be a interactive discussion.
Here are more details on the experts that will be there:
Presenting a multi-perspective expert roundtable moderated by Dr. Urvashi Rangan, the Director of Consumer Reports’ Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group and featuring:
- Dr. Michael R. Harbut, Chief of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and head of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute’s Environmental Cancer Program
- Dr. Keeve Nachman, Farming for the Future Program Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
- Patty Lovera, Assistant Director of Food and Water Watch
- Jay Highman, President and CEO, Nature’s One
- Laurie Meadoff, CEO, Cancer Schmancer
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Eat more cilantro and garlic.
One thing I’ve discovered is that cilantro and garlic are natural chelators. That means they can help rid the body of heavy metals. So, up your garlic and make cilantro pesto!
Eat a variety of gluten-free grains.
One good thing to come of this is it will motivate us all to mix things up a bit. There are soooo many wonderful alternative grains out there! I’ll be featuring them soon.
Eat less processed foods.
A lot of processed gluten-free products contain rice flour. Be aware of how much you are consuming.
Avoid brown rice syrup.
From what I understand as of now, brown rice syrup has an alarming amount of arsenic in it. Rethink using this or eating things that use this as a sweetener.
Please share this info with everyone you know.
Email it, Tweet it, Facebook share…whatever you choose, but please let us all help to spread the word.
DON’T FREAK OUT JUST YET…
I’ll report back asap after the meeting tomorrow!
Any questions you’d like me to ask? Please tell me in the comments!