Rice “N” Roulette!
I was recently traveling through Bali in Indonesia and was fascinated with the rice paddies. I know a total touristy thing to do right?
After I got up close and personal with the rice paddies I started to pay closer attention to the water it was growing in. This started me on a journey of finding out more. So if you love rice and want to put your fingers in your ears this is the point you should tune out.
I noticed rubbish in the water and green slimy moss growing just below the surface too. Thus, began my research into rice and its relationship to water. Rice famers need a lot of water to grow rice, roughly 1400 litres per kg of rice. WOAH, that’s a lot… they also tend to recycle water also. So, my question was how safe is rice?
After reading a whole bunch of scientific papers on heavy metals in rice I am really concerned that this staple food can be quite toxic depending on how it’s grown and where it’s grown. Much of the concern came from some imported rice. Without naming names there are some countries that where just not safe. There was also some research that even suggested that some Australian Brown Rice is high in lead, because of the husk on the brown hadn’t been polished off.
Of the imported rice tested it was shown to be high in arsenic, cadmium and lead, these levels were well above the Australian standard. What most people don’t know is that our food chain is the greatest source of daily heavy metal exposure outside of industry and smoking.
After testing hundreds of people, I have seen heavy metal toxicity from people from all over the world and in all age groups too. From young toddlers right up to the elderly. It raises concerns as to the how wide spread heavy metal toxicity really is.
For my family we are only buying organic foods and avoiding everything else. This is especially true for foods like rice!
As a Naturopath / Nutritionist our family also adds in some specific super foods to help reduce our toxic burden. (We’ll cover this in the next on our blog). If you can’t wait you can always book a free 15min consultation wit me!
Scott Collins Medical Medium Naturopath