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Arsenic in Rice - how to get rid of it 

Arsenic, a toxic trace element, can be present in rice due to a variety of factors, including soil accumulation, the rice plant's ability to absorb it from the water and soil, and the use of contaminated irrigation water.

Prolonged consumption of inorganic arsenic can result in chronic health issues such as cancer, heart disease, nerve damage, and impaired cognitive function, particularly in children.

To mitigate arsenic levels in rice, consider the following methods:

1. Thoroughly rinse the rice: Before cooking, rinse the raw rice to eliminate approximately 10% of the arsenic.

2. Boil with excess water: Prepare the rice using a method similar to cooking pasta, using six cups of water for every one cup of rice. This technique can eliminate an additional 40% to 60% of the arsenic. After boiling, discard the remaining water and rinse the cooked rice once more.

You can also use the parboiling method found HERE

Josephine Certified Holistic Nutrition, CHN, FDN 

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