Arsenic has been discovered in brown rice syrup, an ingredient that is commonly used to sweeten cereals. This toxic element is a chemical linked to cancer, chronic diseases, as well as developmental effects according to a study done by Dartmouth University.
Organic brown rice syrup is often used as a substitute for high fructose corn syrup in prepared organic foods. One of the infant formulas tested contained twice the inorganic arsenic allowed in drinking water, according to Environmental Protection Agency standards. The researchers tested 17 infant formulas, 29 cereal bars and three types of energy shot drinks. Two infant formulas –- one dairy based and the other soy based – listed organic brown rice syrup as their primary ingredient. They both contained arsenic levels 20 times higher than the other formulas made without organic brown rice syrup.
While organic foods are generally seen as healthier, Dr. Mehmet Oz told TODAY Thursday that organic doesn’t necessarily mean safe. Even foods that are organic may absorb arsenic through a natural process, he said. Rice seems to take up arsenic from the soil and different varieties take up different amounts of arsenic, according to the article.
It’s true, many of us view anything organic as safe. But this is not always true. This is a scary thought, but in order to reduce your chances of something happening to you or someone close to you…be sure to read labels, do your research, and don’t always trust what people are selling you.
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