Is rice safe to eat?

Nutrition Qs & As

Rice is known to accumulate certain toxic metals including arsenic and mercury from fertilizers, the soil, or the water. Therefore is it safe to eat rice?  Well, that depends if you are also eating rice cakes, rice crackers, gluten free breads and rolls made from rice flour, cooking with rice vinegar, or drinking rice milk?  Does it matter if the rice is organic or not? No, the rice absorbs the arsenic from the soil regardless. Here is a link to what the FDA says about arsenic and rice: https://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/ucm319948.htm

I recommend enjoying rice and rice crackers including crackers like Artisan Nut-Thins whose first ingredient is brown rice flour, in moderation. If I have brown rice for dinner I skip the rice crackers at lunch the next day. If my recipe calls for rice vinegar I don’t eat rice cakes as a snack that day. Enjoy your rice and products made from rice flour but don’t over do it!

 

 

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    Fragrant basmati rice is frequently used as the base for pilafs or paired with curries. Like all other types of rice, this long-grain Indian variety is available in both brown

    and white forms. Brown basmati rice retains its outer bran layer and typically contains more fiber and nutrients than white basmati rice, which has been milled and stripped of

    its bran. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that at least half of the grains you eat daily should be whole grains like brown rice.

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    A 1/4-cup serving of uncooked brown basmati rice contains approximately 150 calories, with about 15 calories — or 10 percent of the total caloric content — contributed by 1.5

    grams of fat. None of this amount is saturated fat or trans fat, and brown basmati rice does not contain any cholesterol. White basmati rice, which has 160 calories per 1/4-cup

    serving, has had some of its natural oils removed during the milling process and does not have any detectable amount of fat.

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    White basmati rice has 36 grams of carbohydrates in each 1/4-cup serving, while brown basmati rice has slightly less, with a 1/4 cup providing 33 grams. The two differ primarily

    in how much of these carbohydrates come from dietary fiber. None of the carbohydrates in white basmati rice is contributed by fiber, though a 1/4-cup serving of brown basmati

    rice has 2 grams of dietary fiber. For a man, this amount is almost 6 percent of his recommended daily allowance of fiber; for a woman, it supplies 7 percent of her requirement

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