Bad News for Rice Lovers

The FDA released yesterday preliminary results of its tests of arsenic on rice products.  It seems that the FDA released that information only after Consumers Reports released their own study. What is even more disconcerting is that this is not a new finding.  Scientists have known this for years which once again makes me question the role of the FDA.  Funny that this story comes out shortly after we started eating rice again.  I guess I am back to feeding my family quinoa. 

There is a lot of reading on this subject so I am just going to give you the short and not so sweet version.


What is a parent to do? It is very frustrating that in the FDA report there is no recommendation on how much rice you can eat.  The Consumers Report study does set forth some recommendations, but as a parent you will have to set your own limits. Some experts are recommending that you do not feed rice to children under 5 years of age.  Also check the labels.  There are some products such as chips and formulas that contain rice ingredients.  If you are looking for an alternative, try quinoa.  We love it!

Further Reading:
A is for Arsenic
Arsenic and Rice: Yes Again
CBS News Report

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