Limiting the rice intake for babies

I am not sure whether you have all seen this topic crop up again, but I wanted to raise some awareness about inorganic arsenic in rice. This is of particular importance to those who give rice milk to babies/children.


My dearest friend Gemma Bischoff  who is a certified dietitan has pointed out this issue about inorganic aresenic in rice that I need to share with parents!



Before you read it here are some bullet points:
1. You don’t have to stop eating rice! 2-3 times/ week is ok.
2. You can significantly reduce inorganic arsenic exposure (by 45%) by rinsing rice well before & after cooking & cooking rice in 6 x water volume:rice volume.
3. Safer rice sources: Indian, Pakistani, Nepalese, Chinese, Egyptian, Thai
4. Avoid rice from: American, European (especially Italian and French), Bangladeshi
This isn’t meant to scare anyone, I just feel it is important to be aware

Do organic foods have less arsenic than non-organic foods?
Because arsenic is naturally found in the soil and water, it is absorbed by plants regardless of whether they are grown under conventional or organic farming practices. The FDA is unaware of any data that shows a difference in the amount of arsenic found in organic rice versus non-organic rice.

Are there different types of arsenic?
There are two general types of arsenic compounds in water, food, air and soil: organic and inorganic (these together are referred to as “total arsenic”). The inorganic forms of arsenic are the forms that have been more closely associated with long-term health effects.

What are the health risks associated with arsenic exposure?
Long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic is associated with higher rates of skin, bladder and lung cancers, as well as heart disease. The FDA is currently examining these and other long-term effects.

Please read the whole article at: in inorganic



Children of most concern

The first food that most people eat is rice porridge, thought suitable for weaning as rice is low in allergens, has good textural properties and tastes bland. As babies are rapidly growing they are at a sensitive stage of development and are known to be more susceptible to inorganic arsenic than adults.

Babies and young children under five also eat around three times more food on a body weight basis than adults, which means that, relatively, they have three times greater exposures to inorganic arsenic from the same food item.


Post Author: Kawn Al-Jabbouri

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