Arsenic in your rice: the hidden danger of organic brown rice syrup
The arsenic content of organic brown rice syrup (OBS) is very high. According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), OBS contains up to 0.5 parts per million (ppm).
That’s over 100 times higher than regular table sugar! A single teaspoon of OBS can cause kidney damage or even death if consumed regularly.
In fact, according to the FDA, “the maximum acceptable daily intake level for adults is set at 5 micrograms per kilogram of body weight.”
So, just how much arsenic does it take to kill someone?
Well, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “a single dose of arsenic can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea” in humans.
So what are the health risks associated with eating organic brown rice syrup?
According to the CDC, “The most common side effects from drinking arsenic-contaminated water include skin rashes, gastrointestinal problems and other types of cancer.”
But why would anyone want to drink arsenic-contaminated water?
There are several reasons. For one thing, arsenic is poisonous; so poisoning yourself isn’t necessarily a good idea.
Secondly, brown rice syrup (BRS) is just one of the many food items that contain arsenic. Here are some others:
1) Apple and grape juices: According to the Food Standards Agency, “The levels of arsenic in these products are low and the risk to health is considered to be very low.
” The average arsenic concentration in apple and grape juices is about two times higher than in other fruit juices.
2) Canned seafood: Canned tuna is a health food.
It’s high in protein; low in fat; rich in selenium, phosphorus, and B vitamins. But it also contains arsenic at about twice the concentration as other meats.
3) Pistachios: The FDA reports that pistachios are “a major source of dietary arsenic.
4) Rice and rice products: White rice contains small amounts of arsenic, but brown rice has much higher levels.
5) Wheat flour: The FDA has set an “acceptable intake” for arsenic in wheat at 600 micrograms per day.
The good news is that there are steps you can take to limit the amount of arsenic in your diet. First, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Second, avoid processed foods whenever possible.
Third, drink filtered water. And finally, test your drinking water for arsenic.
Arsenic is a known carcinogen. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), “Lung cancer is the most common cancer associated with arsenic, followed by skin cancer.”
Arsenic is also toxic to your organs. In addition to being linked to cancer, it can cause kidney failure and heart disease. It can even cause neurological disease.
Arsenic can also damage your immune system, leading to an increased risk of infection and a compromised ability to heal from wounds or illness.
How do you remove arsenic from water?
There is a solution. First, you can buy a simple charcoal filter for your faucet or you can buy a bigger, more expensive reverse-osmosis system that connects to your faucet. Both are effective ways of removing arsenic from your drinking water.
The bottom line is this: Don’t eat anything containing arsenic and don’t drink anything with arsenic in it!
If you want to learn more about the dangers of arsenic in our food supply, watch the documentary “Crude” by Joe Berlinger, filmed in Ecuador. It’s not available on DVD; however, you can watch it for free online at Vimeo.
If you live in the U.S., you can also get tested for arsenic poisoning through your local health department.
You can also buy a home water filtration system, like a reverse osmosis filter, which will remove arsenic (and other dangerous contaminants) from your drinking water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a detailed Q&A about the health effects of arsenic.
This article was republished from ThereIsNoSpoon.org . You can find the original article here .
This content comes from ASM.Org.
By On 3 April 2014 In Health
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