Arsenic Laced Organic Foods
Especially where baby foods are concerned, many of the infant foods tending to be created using organic brown rice syrup have high levels of arsenic, a new study has found.
Arsenic Laced Organic Foods
When you choose those organic foods that have been sweetened with brown rice syrup rather than high-fructose corn syrup, you could easily be making a somewhat toxic decision as clever as you might feel about it.
Especially where baby foods are concerned, many of the infant foods tending to be created using organic brown rice syrup have high levels of arsenic, a new study has found. Babies, gluten-intolerant people and those eating rice-rich diets are at greatest potential risk.
These food types are rarely thought hazardous by users, no one considering that they might would contain toxins, yet they do, and since there are no guidelines on what maximum arsenic levels in food should be, it may well be time safety levels were established finally.
Arsenic occurs quite naturally throughout the environment and is a known carcinogen - enough daily exposure over time can also lead to various medical problems, including type 2 diabetes, asthma and cardiovascular disease and circulatory problems.
Whilst US public drinking water supplies can contain no more than 10 parts per billion of arsenic, recent research has revealed that food, too, often contains the toxin, highest levels in fruit juices, rice products and cereals made for all age-groups.
An ongoing study turned up arsenic levels 20-30 times too high in 17 different infant formulas , 29 varied cereal bars, and three types of energy drink, all produce sold by supermarkets. Formulas made without rice had much lower arsenic levels.
Eating one of the more heavily affected bars would give a full four micrograms of arsenic, 40% of the drinking water limit, some rice syrups having concentrations up to four times greater, exceeding World Health Organization maximum tolerable daily infant intake level.
Foetuses, babies and young kids are at greatest risk, mainly because, children eat and drink more proportionately than adults, and are more sensitive to toxins of all kinds, arsenic exposure in the first 10 years of life more dangerous.
The recommendation is that parents try to avoid feeding too much of rice-based food products to their kids, though people need not panic, rice nonetheless having health benefits, for people unable to eat gluten or eat wheat. Unlike lead and mercury, arsenic does not accumulate in our bodies, so only chronic daily exposure over many years is what really matters, in health terms. Being more careful about what we choose to feed our kids is the best way of avoiding problems, so keep that in mind next time you go shopping.