Rice – a Complicated Grain
One of the grains which is recommended on a Whole Foods Plant Based diet is rice – either white or preferably brown rice.
The complicating factor is that rice tends to pick up arsenic from the soil and water – not good.
Below are some links related to rice. Unfortunately, it seems to be a bit complicated.
Rice is Good.
In China, white rice did NOT increase the prevalence of diabetes when they mainly ate plants and rice. When the diet started to Westernize, the diabetes risk increased.
“Long term consumption of total rice, white or brown rice was not associated with risk of developing cancer in US men and women.”
Dr. Barnard – rice studies don’t show any increase in cancer. Brown or white rice doesn’t matter. Califormina, India and Paskitan rice has less arsenic.
Here is what Consumer Reports says about arsenic and how to reduce your risk.
Rice is Bad
Dr. Greger moves white rice to a red light food and brown rice to a yellow light food.
Best way to cook rice…..from Dr. Barnard, Con. Reports. and others.
- Choose rice from California, India or Pakistan – they have less arsenic.
- Rinse rice
- Soak rice in water over night and get rid of that water.
- Rinse thoroughly
- Cook rice in 6 to one ratio and throw off excess water after the rice is done.
- Rinse again with hot water.
- This procedure gets rid of 80% of arsenic.
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