Arsenic in Rice Poses Potential Health Concern

Federal government completes study into a staple of the American diet.
1:39 | 09/07/13

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Now, to a warning, a real warning, about a staple of the american diet. A food many of us and many of our children eat for breakfast. It is rice. It appears in so many of the foods we eat. The issue here is arsenic. The federal government has finished the biggest study on arsenic and rice. Dr. Richard besser is here. What did they find? This was a big study. They tested 1,300 products that contain race in some form. And they found inorganic arsenic, the most dangerous kind in all of them. Brown race, had the highest levels because of the shell on the race. The fda says the levels are not such that it will cause immediate or short-term health effects. But will long-term exposure to this cause problems with cancer and to your heart and lungs? What do we do when feeding this to newborns? There's several things you can do here. When you're cooking rice, you want to rinse it until the water runs clear. That will take some of the arsenic out. Cook it in excess water. But vary your diet. Don't have rice every day. Mix in other grains. As a pediatrician, when I talk to parents about starting first food, we're no longer saying going with rice cereal as the first cereal. Mix it up. You can go with other grains and vegetables and meats. That will be just fine. Coming on the heals of the apple juice scare, as well. And the hope is they have a limit for arsenic in apple juice. Hopefully in the future they'll come up with a limit for arsenic in rice. Thank you. We're going to turn, now, to

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