BBC Two - Trust Me, I'm a Doctor, Series 6, Episode 2 - Should I be concerned about arsenic in my rice?:
Arsenic can be found in soil and water, small amounts can get into food, but generally these levels are too low to cause significant concern.
Rice however, has around 10 – 20 times more arsenic than other cereal crops.
This is because it is grown in flooded conditions which make it much easier for arsenic to leave the soil and enter the rice.
- Soak your rice overnight – this opens up the grain and allows the arsenic to escape
- Drain the rice and rinse thoroughly with fresh water
- For every part rice add five parts water and cook until the rice is tender – do not allow it to boil dry.
- Drain the rice and rinse again with hot water to get rid of the last of the cooking water.
- Serve your reduced-arsenic rice – it’s as simple as that!
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