Many families enjoy a meal of rice which is the seed of the grass species Oryza sativa (Asian rice) or Oryza glaberrima (African rice). If they only knew.

The three major NO-NO’s of white rice are: phyates, tripsin-inhibitors, and lectins to be a bit more specific. The three strikes against brown rice are: phytic acid, excessive fiber, and polyunsaturated oils.

The questions about rice start from the way it is cultivated all the way to the processing. In order to control the rice weevils, many southern rice fields are sprayed with potent insecticides that cannot be washed or boiled away. CLOTHIANIDIN, LAMBDA-CYHALOTHRIN, ZETA-CYPERMETHRIN, DIFLUBENZURON are often used.

Rice may contain measurable levels of arsenic, a carcinogen, but according to the Food and Drug Administration, consumers need not worry about their “immediate” health after eating rice and related products. The FDA’s new guidance, however, notes that the long-term health risks remain unclear. The agency said it needs to conduct more research to see if eating rice over time can raise risk for cancer and other health woes.

Eating white rice, five times a week, raised the risk for type 2 diabetes in a large clinical study. Some nutritionists call it an empty source of calories and recommend avoiding it. Type 2 diabetes is one of the fastest growing health problems in Americans of all ages.

Brown rice has also been reported to have high levels of inorganic arsenic which is a toxin known to potentially cause liver, lung, kidney, and bladder cancer. Research suggests that eating more refined foods, including white bread and sugary foods, might also raise the risk.

Then, of course, there are people who present the Japanese excuse: “they eat rice all the time and live a long time so I should be able to do the same and live to be 100 too”. Is it the same rice? The reason the levels of arsenic from rice grown in Southern US states are higher than rice grown in California or Asia, is that those states use a lot of arsenic-containing pesticides to control boll weevils, and the arsenic is still in the soils.
Once again a healthy offering from Mother Nature is reduced to a poison by the hands of greedy and ignorant men.

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