A Dangerous Ingredient Hiding In Your Rice

Recently the media reported potentially worrisome levels of arsenic were found in rice products.  Arsenic is a toxin known to cause cancer of bladder, lungs and skin. Shop Smart Magazine (division of Consumer Reports), analyzed 65 rice samples and rice products.  In the more than 200 samples they tested, they found arsenic in virtually all of them. The arsenic can be introduced to the end product through contamination of the soil and water.  It seems that rice absorbs this more easily than other crops.  Shop Smart found it was evident in organic as well as regular products.  It’s an issue because the FDA has not set limits of arsenic levels (in rice or juices).

They recommended washing raw rice thoroughly before cooking and to cook 6 cups of water for 1 cup of rice, and drain after cooking.

It was recommended to limit consumption to:

Rice-No more than 2 servings (1/4 cup uncooked) per week for adults, 1 ¼ servings per week for kids.

Infant Rice Cereal-   no more than ¼ cups per day.

Cold Rice Cereal- No more than 3 servings of 1 cup serving per week; 1 ¾ servings for kids.

Hot Rice Cereal– No more than 2.5 servings per week; 1 ¾ serving per week.

Rice Cakes- 2 1/3 servings (1-3 cakes per week); 1 serving for kids

Rice Pasta- No more than 3 servings per week; 1 ½ servings for kids

Rice Drinks- No more than ½ cup per day; rarely for kids under age 5

I’m sure more research and recommendations will be made about the consumption of rice-based products in the future.  Using prudent consumption of these products is a good choice, just to be safe.

Exercise Diary:

Pure Barre class- 30 minutes

Strength training- upper body, DVD- 55 minutes

Food Diary:


1 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup onions, handful organic spinach (135 cal)

Whole wheat, low- calorie, english muffin [eggs served on top with a squeeze of lemon] (100 cal)

A.M. Snack-

1/2 banana(frozen) (45 cal)

Whey protein shake (125 cal)


2 3/8 oz. Mahi-mahi (60 cal)

Salad- spinach, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, green beans (60 cal)

P.M. Snack-

whole wheat, low-carb tortilla, 2 tbls red pepper hummus (200 cal)


4 oz lean-beef filet (290 cal)

1/3 cup brown rice, Craisins, basil, sliced almonds (200 cal)

12 small asparagus spears (40 cal)


1/2 cup no-fat cottage cheese, 1/4 cup non-fat yogurt, berries (140 cal)


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  1. Karla

    December 4, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I had no idea!! I NEVER wash my rice! well I will from now on. It is so nice to find women in their 40’s-50’s that are into fitness. I am enjoying reading articles on your site 🙂

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