Is Rice still Nice? Many have been shocked then frustrated with the reports of arsenic in rice. The health concern arises not from the naturally occurring organic arsenic in some soils, but from inorganic arsenic used as a component of pesticides and insecticides before they were banned in the 1980's remaining in the soil. Does this mean we give up rice entirely, especially brown rice with its health benefits? Rice is one of the most affordable and available (and widely accepted by picky eaters) non-gluten whole grains ( and one of my favorites). See the link below for the actual data from the Consumer Reports report so you can make an informed decision for your family about the brands you normally purchase.
Some of the lowest levels were found in Archer Farms Organic rice and Lundberg organic rice as well as brands grown in India or Thailand. This is good news as you can get the Archer Farms organic rice at Target for ~$5 for 2 lb. The other good news is that Target also sells Dynasty brand Jasmine rice from Thailand that is very tasty and less than $3 for a 2 lb zippered bag. You can find Lundberg organic rice at Whole Foods, your local co-op/health food store, Kroger and Target stores. There are even some Walmart SuperCenter stores in which I have seen Lundberg rice (in the tiny gluten-free aisle). Kroger and Target frequently have natural and organic whole grain products on sale so the price is not outrageous. For those on a gluten-free or reduced gluten lifestyle, consider experimenting with other whole grains such as oatmeal (cheap, tasty and available) or even chickpea flour for baking. There are some varieties of quinoa pasta I have seen in the stores as well. Other places to find gluten-free products include Kerr Drugs, Wal-mart and Target.
Renee Lea-Currie, Ph.D.