Thursday, October 4, 2012

Rice Contains High Levels of Arsenic

No one wants to hear about arsenic in their food. It is especially concerning when the item is consumed often. Rice is such a staple for so many people who live gluten-free that the latest reports about arsenic levels in rice are extremely concerning.

Consumer Reports has recently reported the levels of arsenic found after testing many common brands of rice and rice products. These results can be alarming, especially when you stop to consider how many gluten-free products and recipes contain rice, rice flour, rice bran or rice syrup.

Consumer Reports and the FDA are working together to make products safer going forward, but are strongly urging consumers to reduce their consumption of rice products. Their recomendations are listed in this consumer reports article.

Luckily there are other alternatives out there. This would be a great time to give buckwheat a try. Buckwheat is related to the rhubarb family, therefore not a grain at all. It is a very safe and nutritious gluten-free alternative to rice. Buckwheat can be found in the form of light and dark flour to be used in baking. Buckwheat can also be found in the form of groats. Groats can replace rice or other grains and be used as a side dish, in a salad, or as a cereal.
My cookbook, Delicious Gluten-Free Baking with Buckwheat Flour, is full of incredible gluten-free recipes that use only buckwheat flour. The recipes are easy to follow and fun to bake. Look at this as an opportunity to try something new. You may be surprised at how Delicious it can be!

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