A study conducted by scientists from Queen’s University Belfast found that boiling rice can expose those who eat it to unsafe amounts of arsenic — yes, arsenic!!!!.
The deadly toxin has been shown to be introduced in the grain as a result of industrial pesticides used in the growing process.
Although there have been laws present since 2014 to protect the public from high levels of poison in rice, Professor Andy Meharg believes that more needs to be done to protect those who eat large amounts of rice from toxic substances.
Professor Meharg teamed up with the BBC program ‘Trust Me, I’m a Doctor‘ to share some useful tips on cooking rice that can reduce the level of poison present at the time of consumption.
Unfortunately, one of the most popular styles of rice preparation — boiling rice in water until the water is totally absorbed into the rice — causes rice to retain nearly all of its original arsenic.
Instead, Meharg recommends the following process:
- 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
The points 3 , 4 and 5 are done by many parts of India. They drain the excess water after cooking the rice. But the new age rice cooking using the rice cooker looks much dangerous and you should reconsider going back to your roots and cook it the way that our ancestors did it .
Maybe it takes a little more time, but for the sake of reducing our arsenic intake, it seems like its worth the effort . Isn’t it friends. Please share your comments and views . Also if you feel this has to be shared please share it to your friends and family. Lets lead a healthy life. We owe it to ourselves.
cource : AOL , BBC