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Common method of cooking rice can leave traces of arsenic in food, scientists warn Tags: Food Rice Health

Common method of cooking rice can leave traces of arsenic in food, scientists warn

Experiments suggest normal method for cooking rice can expose consumers to range of health problems including heart disease, diabetes and cancer

Scientists warn that the usual method of cooking rice — simply boiling it in a pan with some water — can expose those who eat it to traces of the poison arsenic JMacPherson/Flickr

Millions of people could be putting themselves at risk by cooking their rice incorrectly, scientists have warned.

Recent experiments show a common method of cooking rice — simply boiling it in a pan until the water has steamed out — can be insufficient in preventing exposure to traces of the poison arsenic, which contaminates rice while it is growing as a result of industrial toxins and pesticides.

The chemical has been linked to a range of health problems including heart disease, diabetes and cancer, as well as development problems.

While it is generally believed traces of arsenic are expelled when the rice is cooked, it has now been claimed this only takes place adequately when the rice is soaked overnight.

Andy Meharg, professor of biological sciences at Queens University Belfast, tested three ways of cooking rice for the BBC programme 'Trust Me, I’m a Doctor', to see whether it altered the levels of arsenic.

In the first method, Professor Meharg used a ratio of two parts water to one part rice, where the water was “steamed out” during cooking — a method commonly used.

He found this left most of the arsenic present.

By contrast, when the he used five parts water to one part rice and washed the excess water off, levels of arsenic were almost halved, while in the third method, in which the rice was soaked overnight,  levels of the toxin were reduced by 80 per cent.

The safest method of cooking rice is therefore to soak it overnight, then wash and rinse it until the water is clear, before draining it well and boiling in a saucepan, with a ratio of five parts water to one part rice.

According to 2014 research from Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Institute for Global Food Security, around 58 per cent of rice-based products in the UK contained high levels of arsenic. However, new legal limits were introduced last year by the EU in response to safety concerns. 

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How we are all cooking rice incorrectly — and could be endangering our health Tags: Rice Health Natural Health Food

A chemical sometimes found in rice has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and developmental problems.

Chloe MayerThe Sun

HEALTHY eaters using rice as an alternative to roast potatoes or chips could be in danger of eating arsenic if they don’t cook it properly, experts have warned.

The chemical has been linked to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and developmental problems, reports The Sun.

Rice tends to absorb arsenic more than other cereal crops and also takes it up from pesticides in soil and industrial toxins.

Rice tends to absorb arsenic more than other cereal crops and also takes it up from pesticides in soil and industrial toxins.Source:news.com.au

The latest advice comes after health officials warned burning potatoes, chips and toast could be linked to cancer.

Here’s all you need to know:

Is there arsenic in rice?

Arsenic occurs naturally in the environment, but rice tends to absorb it more than other cereal crops and also takes it up from pesticides in soil and industrial toxins.

New limits on safe levels of arsenic in food were set by the EU in 2016, although boffins have different views on what level is safe to eat.

The latest advice comes after health officials warned burning potatoes, chips and toast could be linked to cancer.

The latest advice comes after health officials warned burning potatoes, chips and toast could be linked to cancer.Source:Supplied

How can you cook rice safely?

Experiments suggest the amount of arsenic in rice can be slashed by using different cooking methods.

Scientists claim rice should be steeped in water overnight to flush out the poison, and then it can be rinsed and cooked the next day.

Professor Andy Meharg, of Queens University Belfast, tested three different ways of preparing the dish and analysed the rice afterwards.

Scientists claim rice should be steeped in water overnight to flush out the poison, and then it can be rinsed and cooked the next day.

Scientists claim rice should be steeped in water overnight to flush out the poison, and then it can be rinsed and cooked the next day.Source:Getty Images

The first method involved two parts water to one part rice, but the second method — five parts water to one part rice with the excess water being drained and the rice rinsed — cut the arsenic level almost in half.

A third method — where the rice was soaked all night — found the arsenic levels were cut by 80 per cent.

The experiments were conducted for the TV show Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, which aired in Australia on Monday on the ABC.

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

 

 

The Continuing Decline of McDonald’s Tags: Food

by James Corbett
TheInternationalForecaster.com
January 10, 2017

Long-time Corbett Reporteers might recall my 2015 video, “Celebrate! McDonald’s is Dying!” where I detailed the many, many woes the fast “food” giant was dealing with at the time, including:

Since then, McCancer’s has been undergoing a sweeping “restructuring” that has seen many layers of lipstick slapped on their factory-farmed pig. This restructuring includes not only cosmetic changes (“All-day breakfasts and new value menus for everyone!”) but behind-the-scenes efforts to trim $500 million from the company’s operating expenses, including buyouts and layoffs at company headquarters and the re-franchising of 4,000 corporate “restaurants.”

The global giant’s influential PR machine has used sleight-of-hand and other tricks to make this restructuring look like a smash success. They used their cheerleaders at the Wall Street Journal to hype “stronger-than-expected” profit and sales figures and their boosters at US News & World Report to hype some highly-selective earnings comparisons suggesting that this “turnaround” is, to use the WSJ’s phrase, “sustainable.”

But one doesn’t have to scratch too hard to reveal the rusty reality beneath this PR paint job.

McPinkslime’s might have “beat expectations” for sales and profits, but beating diminished expectations is hardly a sign of booming business. Just look at the nuts and bolts of the Q3 2016 earnings report: Year-on-year revenue is down 2.9% and net income is down 2.6%. And keep in mind, those numbers are in comparison to the already-terrible 2015 figures.

And that “re-franchising” operation? It cost $130 million in pre-tax charges.

But don’t worry, everyone, they “beat expectations!” Pay no attention to the hemorrhaging corporation behind the curtain!

And now the latest sign of McDonteat’s global retreat (via Corbett Report member “BuddhaForce”): “McDonald’s gives up control of its China business in $2 billion deal.”

The story is fascinating enough in its own right, what with McDonteats throwing in the corporate towel on the largest and fastest-growing consumer market in the world. But the devil is, as always, in the details. Who is purchasing the majority stake in the company’s mainland operations? None other than The Carlyle Group and CITIC Group.

The Carlyle Group’s name will likely ring a bell as one of the largest swamp pits “private equity firms” in the world, and one with its fingers in many a pie, including, of course, 9/11.

CITIC Group, meanwhile, will be familiar to The Corbett Report faithful as a key player in “China and the New World Order,” a Chinese state-owned investment company that helped serve as the Rockefeller-Kissinger nexus between the Deng Xiaoping-era “capitalist roaders” and their western finance oligarch recolonizers.

That these two cesspools are converging on the giant turd of American fast food is fitting enough. The McDonaldization of China is proceeding apace, and the usual crew are there to profit from it.

But as to what this story says about the continuing decline of the once-mighty golden arches, there are two main takeaways to the story, one depressing and one positive.

On the depressing front, there is a simple reason for the across-the-board slowdown in fast food sales in recent years (despite the predictable attempts to overcomplicate the problem in clickbait-y listicle format). For once, the Wall Street Journal gets it right: It’s the economy, stupid. What greater rebuke to the easily-disprovable economic “recovery” nonsense of the Obama years could be possible than pointing out the simple fact that people are too worried about their economic future to splurge on a $5 value meal?

But on a positive note, we can take McFatfood’s woes as a sign that, try as they might with their considerable propaganda resources, the corporate chieftains can’t put their egg McMuffin back together again. People are fed up with fast food. And although some, concerned with cost, are turning to eating at home as the cheaper option, others are more concerned with what’s in their food, where it’s sourced from, how it’s being prepared and who is being paid for it. Who wants instant, nutritionless, food-like substitute rolled up in plastic and slapped down on a tray by surly, overworked servers (or, increasingly, robots) anyway?

For those interested in how they can take part in the real food revolution that will render the McFastfood economy obsolete, may I humbly offer this podcast on guerrilla gardening? Bon appétit!

 

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