Toronto, ON (PRWEB) April 19, 2013
Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on new research published through the American Chemical Society that found high levels of lead in imported rice.
As Bel Marra Health reports in its article (http://www.bel-marra.com/healthy-eating-2/your-most-commonly-eaten-grain-is-highly-toxic/), Tsanangurayi Tongesayi, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Monmouth University in New Jersey, and his colleagues set out to determine how much lead was in rice grown in different parts of the world. They discovered that imported rice contains levels of lead that range from 6 to 12 mg/kg, which exceeds the Food and Drugs Administration’s (FDA) safe and allowable levels.
Lead is a toxin that harms the brain, raises blood pressure and increases the risk for anemia and cardiovascular disease. According to their research, rice grown in Taiwan and China contain the highest amounts of lead. However, those two countries weren’t the only offenders—rice that was grown in Bhutan, Italy, Thailand, Czech Republic and India also contained dangerously high levels of this unsafe brain toxin. These worrisome findings were presented at an American Chemical Society meeting in New Orleans on April 10th.
Lead is especially harmful to infants and young children, and it can halt intellectual development, delay growth, and lead to a wide range of issues such as learning problems, inattentiveness, impulsiveness, aggressiveness and irritability. In fact, lead is such a powerful brain toxin that high levels can even cause kidney damage, permanent brain damage and death in infants and young children.
Bel Marra Health reports that even North American consumers aren’t safe from this rice, since the amount of imported rice in the diets of Americans is growing every year, and American consumption of imported rice products has nearly doubled since 1999. According to Tongesayi, adults who include imported rice in their diets are inadvertently exposing themselves to dangerously high levels of this toxin; levels that are about 20-40 times higher than the FDA's total tolerable intake levels.
Even worse, lead isn’t the only toxin that is found in rice—rice is often grown with toxic pesticides and herbicides, and several studies have found high levels of inorganic arsenic in rice. Arsenic is another brain toxin that is particularly harmful to small children, and it may increase the risk for cancer. Until stronger regulations are implemented, consumers are advised to find out where their rice is coming from and to limit their consumption if they do not know what the source is.
(SOURCE: American Chemical Society. "High levels of lead detected in rice imported from certain countries." ScienceDaily, 10 Apr. 2013. Web. 18 Apr. 2013.)
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