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Arsenic and Rice

I choose to avoid eating gluten, so I probably do consume more rice or rice-based products than the average person.  Rice naturally contains more arsenic than most other foods, and the inorganic kind can be dangerous if it accumulates.  Recent research published in the journal "Food Additives and Contaminants", and discussed in Science Daily (Some rice-based foods for people with celiac disease contain relevant amounts of arsenic, October 16, 2014) suggests that the amount of arsenic exposure by people eating rice because they are avoiding gluten may increase their risk for various cancers (such as lung, skin, bladder).  Furthermore, they point out that it does not appear that anyone is regulating how much arsenic is allowed in rice products.  Apparently the FDA is currently doing research in order to set some kind of standard.  In the mean time, I've been told that within the US, rice grown in California has the lowest levels of arsenic.  So, if you do consume rice-based products, at least be aware of the arsenic risk.  When possible, choose rice that comes from California. 
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