Carcinogenic: rice contains too much arsenic

Rice is a valuable food, containing many important nutrients. Due to the growing regions and methods rice contains more arsenic than other cereals. The substance is considered carcinogenic and can cause damage to vessels and nerves.

A safe amount of arsenic that can be introduced daily, could so far not &ndash set; inorganic arsenic in food is generally undesirable. It is classified by international bodies as a carcinogenic, it can also lead to skin changes, vascular and nerve damage, cardiovascular diseases, promote fertility, reduce. Completely avoid the intake can’t be, because arsenic is included as a natural part of the soil of plants. According to experts, but it is also not necessary to completely omit the rice, if you pay attention, a varied diet.

Not only rice as a complementary food für Säuglinge and small children

Caution, however, applies in the case of infants and small children. Just rice waffles or rice porridge namely, relatively high levels of inorganic arsenic. Although the new limits apply from 2016, however, children that regularly get a lot of rice-containing products can be a excessive arsenic exposure exposed to. The Federal Institute for risk assessment (BfR) advises to feed infants and small children not only with rice-based drinks or foods, such as rice porridge. For infants is not recommended in the case of beverages such as rice milk because of the arsenic content, but also because of the nutrient composition for babies unsuitable.

Water after cooking abgießen

When cooking rice the arsenic content can be reduced if the rice is washed in plenty of water is boiled is poured off after the cooking process. People with a gluten intolerance (coeliac disease) are advised, in addition to rice, other gluten-free cereals to wheat such as Corn, millet, buckwheat, to eat Amaranth or Quinoa.