RICE — THE NEW VILLAIN?

IMG_2701So weary of hearing that anything, ANYTHING, I eat is bad for me and going to give me cancer.

“Wheat will destroy you!” they shout…..so we switch to rice.  “Rice is full of arsenic and will cause cancer!” is the next dire warning.  And carrots have arsenic I just read.  I EAT CARROTS EVERYDAY!!

ARGGGHHHH!

Having read this, that and the other, I’ve gotta believe that meat, dairy, refined sugar and oils are more of a threat to good health than fruits and vegetables and grains are.

And if arsenic in rice is such a cancer-causer, why are cancer rates lower in Japan and China where they eat rice much more than people do in the USA?

I think I need a break from all the advice that is meant to help me.  If I believed all of the contradictory and dire warnings, there would be no food or drink that would make the cut.  Seriously.  Every food I believe to be good for us has been bashed by somebody.

ANY ADVICE YOU HAVE TO OFFER THAT CAN HELP ME KEEP THIS IN PERSPECTIVE WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED!

I think this guy:      G Chang   has some good advice:

August 28, 2014 at 9:23 pm

I think the arsenic-in-rice alarm raised by Consumer Reports exaggerates the danger, possibly causing readers to take actions that actually harm their health. If you quantify the harm, you’ll see that this is a minor issue compared to other dangers you face in your daily life. Take a look at my calculations at http://ataridogdaze.com/recipe/arsenic-rice.html

Significant Health and Safety Hazards Under Your Control
  • Have you stopped (or did you never start) smoking? CDC
  • Do you maintain a healthy weight? CDC
  • Do you drink alcohol moderately (or not at all)? “Moderately” means no more than two drinks per day for a man or one drink per day for a woman. CDC
  • Do you drive a car only while free of influence from alcohol, drugs, fatigue, and distracting electronic devices? Do you always obey traffic laws and wear your seat belt? NHTSA
  • Do you refrain from using illegal drugs, and from using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes? NIH
  • If your household has firearms, are they securely locked out of sight, and accessible only to responsible, emotionally stable adults? HSPH
  • Do you always wash your hands with soap and water before preparing or eating food, and after using the toilet or taking care of a sick person? CDC
  • Do you exercise at least 30 minutes every day? CDC
  • Do you eat at least five to eight servings of fruits and vegetables every day? HSPH
  • Do you consume no more than one or two sugary drinks per week? HSPH
  • Do you consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day if you are young and healthy, or no more than 1,500 mg per day otherwise? CDC

 

 

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2 responses to “RICE — THE NEW VILLAIN?

  1. Everything will give you cancer. Or so they say. I just try to buy as local and close to pesticide free as I can. When all else fails, grow your own!! With clean seeds of course. 🙂

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