Everyone knows that #arsenic is a dangerous #poison.
It’s considered one of the world’s most #toxic elements.
So, the last place you would think to find this #contaminant is in your food…but that’s not the case. In reality, this heavy metal is hiding in plain sight in many of our foods, especially within #rice.
Arsenic levels in rice have been rising for years and now, more than ever, they are reaching dangerous levels. And what’s more alarming is that these dangerous arsenic levels filter down to every other product that uses this staple food as an ingredient.
Foods like #ricemilk (1), #ricebran (2, 3), any rice-based breakfast cereal (4), baby foods that use rice, like cereal (5, 6), #ricecrackers (7), brown rice syrup and all snacks that include rice syrup like protein bars. (8)
Where Does Arsenic Come From?
Arsenic is naturally formed in the Earth’s crust. It is found in over 200 minerals, most commonly, however, in a mineral known as #arsenopyrite.
Essentially, almost 33 percent of all arsenic originates naturally in the Earth’s atmosphere, the most common source deriving from volcanoes.
Other sources include arsenic-containing vapor generated from arsenic salts. We also find “inorganic” arsenic (arsenic that comes from a geological source) in groundwater commonly used for drinking in several parts of the world, including Bangladesh, India and Taiwan. “Organic” arsenic contains carbon and is typically found in sea-living organisms like fish and shellfish. While both types of arsenic are considered detrimental to health, “inorganic” arsenic poses the most concern.
The effects from arsenic poisoning are many and range from immediate death to long-term repercussions that include such things as cancer.
The degree of toxicity, however, is determined by the type of arsenic, i.e. inorganic or organic, as well as the chemical form encountered.
If exposed to arsenic, it can affect every part of your body including your skin, lungs, heart, blood vessels, immune system, kidneys, brain, your reproductive system, gut and even your nervous system.