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Rice crackers may contain arsenic

Several studies have shown conclusively that rice contains arsenic, and indeed some strains of rice contain enough arsenic to be a problem for you, if that is, you eat a lot or rice regularly.

And BTW, this has nothing to with organic and inorganic rice – it’s the rice grain itself that absorbs the arsenic from the soil in which it is grown so even if you only buy organic basmati rice, say, you can still end up with arsenic in your bloodstream.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is that a recent study from Down Under published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has shown, as you’d very likely suspect if you had thought about it, that rice crackers also contain arsenic.

And it is not just a bit of arsenic in the rice crackers so that according to the researchers, 75% of the rice-based products they tested had what concentrations of arsenic that were over the EU guideline for safe rice consumption for babies and toddlers, although it must be pointed out that this study did not find that any kids were harmed by the arsenic they consumed, just that the rice crackers contain higher than recommended arsenic levels.

Why is that an issue?

Because over the last few years, millions of parents have turned to giving their infants and toddlers rice crackers as a “safe” snack, safe meaning probably that the crackers are not wheat-based, wheat having become a grain that over the last few decades has fallen out of favor because it contains gluten, nd hey, no one wants to ingest gluten any longer.

Rice does not contain gluten, of course, but it does contain arsenic, something that, I think, might get a lot more parents to perhaps reconsider their choice.