I know you’ve seen it . . . all those headlines even in the main stream media about how RICE is so bad for you NOW because they just NOW found out that it supposedly has high levels of arsenic in it.
Makes me want to say — OMG! Not because I am afraid of my rice, but because I think everyone needs to take a chill pill, relax, and really think about what all this does and does not mean.
I’m not going to reiterate what has taken up so much of the dialogue on the web on this subject. Review the infographic and see these posts about the subject (Food Renegade, Real Food Forager, Chic Shades of Green. I’m sure these aren’t the only posts, but these are the ones I remember seeing recently. They all pretty much say variations of the same thing detailing the new rice/arsenic controversy).
And yet, in spite of all that above information, I will still eat my white rice. Yes I eat white rice and not brown (always have and always will). As it turns out, white rice is actually more digestible for your body. There is a reason why Asian cultures, known for their high rice consumption, eat white and not whole grain rice.
Emily @Butter Believer did a fantastic post on white vs. brown rice. She beat me to it because I had it tucked away in the back of my mind to do a post about this very thing. However, she saved me the work of having to research all the data. Bottom line . . . . don’t be a ricist — get it? ricist . . . . racist . . . yeah yeah, sue me for being lame.
10 Reasons To Eat White Rice (in spite of arsenic)
So between all the hoopla over arsenic in rice and all the people who want to judge me for eating white rice instead of brown, here are my TEN reasons I will not stop or reduce my rice intake:
White Rice has been eaten with ‘organic arsenic’ for thousands of years by the Asian cultures. (arsenic found naturally in the soil in minute amounts)
White Rice is more digestible by the body than brown.
White Rice is a hhhhhheck of a lot easier to make than brown rice (no soaking, sprouting, fermenting — yada yada)
There is a lot less ‘arsenic’ found in White Rice and White Rice products like rice noodles than its brown rice counterpart.
My White Rice does NOT come from one of the sketchy areas of the US where pesticides and sludge materials have been used to grow it creating raised inorganic levels of arsenic.
White Rice tastes better IMO.
White Rice is A LOT more flexible to work with than brown rice.
Of all the things that FREAK me out about the food today, this RICE thing is not high on my list of FEARS — NUMERO UNO and DOS would be SOY and CAFO meat!
Where is there ANY anecdotal evidence that rice — WHITE OR BROWN is harmful? I think there is far more anecdotal evidence concerning SOY side effects than rice!
UMMMM, I just don’t want to stop eating it. Rice is food. Real Food. And I refuse to believe that all rice everywhere is tainted and will kill me.
So peeps, there you have it. Plain and simple. Not very scientific or even rational in the minds of some, but the bottom line is that I think we are making mountains out of molehills here. In fact there is more anecdotal evidence and studies that WHEAT gives us much more to freak out about — and I personally still eat wheat on occasion (properly sourced and prepared of course).
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