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I am worried about the arsenic in brown rice and now I'm afraid to eat it. I used to eat brown rice all the time but I stopped.
This is a great question.
Fortunately, early in 2016 I reported on a study that looked at the effects of arsenic intake on the health of the participants in three long-term, large scale studies that included over 200,000 people. The authors found no statistically significant increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, or stroke for those who consumed 5 or more servings of brown rice per week - an amount few Americans will match (even I don't).
As I noted at the time, "the benefits of brown rice far outweigh the risks at the levels that most Americans consume it. Your best bet, as with the risks associated with mercury in fish, is to consume a variety of grains and not limit yourself to just one."
Here are a few recipe ideas using whole grains:
Thanks for writing,
Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP