Brown Rice Syrup Arsenic Warning

Written by Ingo Loge

August 9, 2013

Many times we hear of an outbreak in food that can cause harm. Once it was in tomatoes, once in cantaloupe, and once in spinach. Now we must be aware of the harmful poison found recently in Brown Rice Syrup.

Brown rice syrup has been used frequently to replace high fructose corn syrup. We were once worried about the consumption of high fructose corn syrup, but now the rice syrup is contaminated. Although corn syrup is not the main issues, it’s best to avoid both if possible, just mainly stay away from the brown rice syrup!

ABC news reports “Arsenic occurs in several forms, some thought to be more dangerous than others. Organic forms of arsenic can be found naturally in the soil, along with arsenic-based pesticides used before the EPA banned them in 2009. Rice, Jackson noted, ‘takes up more arsenic than all the other grains.’

Inorganic arsenic is considered much more toxic than organic arsenic, Jackson said. Brown rice is usually higher in total arsenic and inorganic arsenic than white rice because the outer layer that’s removed in white rice contains the inorganic arsenic. However, another form of arsenic can be found inside the grain of both white and brown rice.”

I’m gluten free so this news caught my attention especially because brown rice is in a lot of gluten free products. So mothers check labels before feeding your kids a granola bar or any store bought item that may contain brown rice syrup. Also mothers should be aware that it has been found in mainly in baby formulas.

Common things that contain brown rice syrup include:

  • Baby Formua
  • Granola bars, rice cakes
  • Energy snacks, gels, blocks
  • Fruit juices
  • Gluten free food
  • Cereals
  • Dried fruits, raisins, dates, etc… (check those labels!)
  • Nature’s One® is the main concern at the moment as far as brands.

After reading this article I urge you to pass on this information to any mothers out there about this warning. To Learn more check out ABC News Videos VERY GOOD ON YA ABC!

I sincerely wish you and your families well. Let’s prevent tragedy by spreading the word and taking caution

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