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Arsenic in Rice: How Concerned Should You Be?

Studies have found alarming levels of arsenic in rice. Find out which types of rice have the most arsenic and steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from harm.

For many people, rice is a simple, comforting food. In Asia, rice is an ancient symbol of wealth, success, fertility, and good health.

And for more than half the world’s population, rice is a staple food, making up a large portion of people’s diets.

Brown rice is often considered a healthy choice. It’s a whole grain and a good source of fiber and important nutrients, such as magnesium, selenium, and manganese.

And rice is also sometimes recommended to eat when you’re sick. (I used to love soup with rice when I wasn’t feeling well.)

But there’s a dark side to rice you may not know.

Most of the rice today, whether white, brown, wild, organic, or conventional, is contaminated with arsenic — one of the world’s most toxic poisons.

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