UMEM Educational Pearls

Just when you think buying organic protects you from chemicals and pesticide, along comes the studies detecting arsenic in rice products and specficially in organic foods with brown rice organic sweetener. An organic toddler milk formula reportedly had 6x EPA standards for safe drinking water limit.

The more toxic arsenic is the inorganic arsenic which can cause neuropathy but after chronic exposure can cause a classic arsenic keratosis - see attached pic. The inorganic is seen commonly in seafood and is more easily excreted by the body. Unfortunately, in the study referenced here, inorganic As was the predominant type.

 

 

 

References

 

Arsenic, organic foods, and brown rice syrup.

Jackson BP, Taylor VF, Karagas MR, Punshon T, Cottingham KL.

Environ Health Perspect. 2012 May;120(5):623-6. Epub 2012 Feb 13.

 


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