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Are Arsenic Levels in Rice Products Dangerous?

September 19, 2012

Today’s Take A Way from Dr. Oz on NBC:

1) Limit rice consumption to children under the age of five. This doesn’t mean you have to cut rice out of their diets, but if you feed your infant creamy rice cereal every day, try to cut back to once a week.

2) Soak rice for at least 8 hours (or overnight) prior to cooking. We wash our fruits and vegetables as a precaution before eating, why not do the same with our grains?

A Note On Cooking Rice (Grains): Use 1 cup grain to 1 ¾ cups water, plus a pinch of sea salt. This works for all types of brown rice, quinoa and millet. For heartier grains like farro and wild rice, soak overnight and cook them as you would pasta: with more salt and water, that you will strain when the grains are done and begin to split. Soaking grains over night, prior to cooking them, makes them easier for your body to digest and requires half the cooking time.

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