Arsenic In Your Rice

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Gluten-free products typically contain rice. Is all this rice good for your gut? Consumer reports conducted a two-year study to determine how much inorganic arsenic is in rice and other grain varieties. Here is a synopsis of what they found:

  • Basmati rice from California is low in arsenic.
  • Quinoa is low in arsenic.
  • Buckwheat (which is not related to wheat) is low in arsenic.
  • Rice from Texas is among the highest in arsenic (all varieties).
  • Brown rice tends to have more arsenic than white rice. Remember: brown rice is not great for your thyroid gland. If you have adrenal fatigue or endocrine dysfunction e.g. thyroid/hormonal symptoms, it is not recommended that you consume large quantities of rice, if at all.
  • Millet is low in arsenic compared to the rice from Texas.

Please see the full article for the chart titled, “The New Rice Rules: 7 Points Per Week.” Consumer Reports recommends not consuming more than 7 points of rice per week, risk analysis is based upon weight. Consumer Reports Article: How much arsenic is in your rice?

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