Rice is a popular staple food and is a good source of fiber, protein, minerals, and vitamins. It is consumed worldwide as a part of different recipes and eatables.
The Australian supermarkets sell a special type of snack made of rice, which is extremely popular in children. EU has set a safe level of arsenic in rice so that rice-based products are safe for children. The new research by RMIT University revealed that rice snacks being sold in Australia contain high amount of arsenic in them.
The research explains that the arsenic amount present in rice-based snacks exceeds the safety level. It also revealed that about seventy-five percent of tested products containing rice had an arsenic level above safety level guided by the EU for kids’ consumption of rice.
In this study, researchers found that kids having extra consumption of products containing rice are at the risk of dangerous exposure levels of arsenic.
Suzie Reichman at RMIT University found that Australia has no standard safety level for kids that why guidelines set by Europeans are used in researches. A research found that safety levels of rice consumption are set for adults but long use of arsenic is dangerous for kids and the emerging study suggests that there is a need to make new safe levels of consumption of rice-based products specifically for kids.
Reichman found that for kids with digestive problems created by gluten, products prepared from rice were other popular supplements and suggested that rice consumption is harmful if it is a major carbohydrate source for kids. To reduce the danger of arsenic exposure, the rice should not be served for kids below five at every mealtime.
Arsenic is a metal present in the soil, water, and air. The inorganic form of arsenic is cancer-causing and involves skin and bladder cancer while the organic form of arsenic is comparatively safe.
The inorganic form of arsenic is harmful to human fitness. WHO has set a safety level of arsenic (0.3 milligrams per kilogram) that is three times less than the level set by rice guidelines of Australia (1 milligram per kilogram). Guidelines by Europe has set a safety level of 0.1milligram per kilogram of arsenic in its inorganic form for kids.
In Australia, the researchers tested about thirty-nine products containing rice for kids and revealed that about seventy-five percent of products contain arsenic in its inorganic form that exceeds the safety level set by the EU.
Friedman found that crackers made from brown rice contain more inorganic form of arsenic than crackers prepared from white rice and also found that parents conscious about their kid’s health choose brown rice because it contains more nutrients and fiber.
Friedman suggested that research executed by Zhuyun Gu at RMIT focuses on the exposure of arsenic and helps us to understand the issues created by rice on our health. It is a role model for a new generation to solve problems related to our practical life.