Food safety tips: How to reduce the arsenic in your rice by 80 percent – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD

Arsenic is a very toxic trace element. Throughout history, people have been ingesting it, either knowingly or unknowingly. This problem seems to be getting even worse, as more and more arsenic is making its way into people’s food, particularly rice.

Arsenic is making its way into rice because it is a naturally occurring substance. It can pop up in water, soil and rocks. The main sources of arsenic pollution come from the use of certain pesticides and herbicides, phosphate fertilizers, wood preservatives, industrial waste and mining activities, among other polluting industrial activity.

  1. Soak your rice in water overnight. This opens up the rice grains, allowing any arsenic within it to escape.
  2. Drain the rice in the morning and rinse it thoroughly with clean water.
  3. For every one part of rice, add five parts of water.
  4. Arsenic usually leaves the rice during the cooking process. However, if you cook your rice until dry or if you use a rice cooker, the arsenic gets reabsorbed. Do not boil the rice dry. Cook the rice only until it’s tender.
  5. Drain any excess water from the rice and rinse it again with hot water.

Food safety tips: How to reduce the arsenic in your rice by 80 percent – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD