All Rude Health rice based foods and drinks are repeatedly tested for arsenic and always meet the required standards. Our rice is non GM and a high quality ingredient.
The new EU arsenic limits are 200ppb (parts per billion) for adults & 100ppb for children.
- Rude Health Brown Rice Drink contains less arsenic than most listed in the studies and comes out at the bottom of the spectrum at 16 ppb
- Rude Health Puffed Brown Rice comes out at 10 – 15 ppb
- Rude Health Almond Drink comes out at 12 ppb
- Rude Health Coconut Drink comes out at 16 ppb
Arsenic occurs in low levels in many foods grown in soil. Arsenic is absorbed from soil through water, and rice absorbs more arsenic than most other foods because it’s grown in lots of water.
The NHS states that, “The word ‘arsenic’ automatically conjures up ideas of poison, but arsenic actually occurs naturally in soil and very small amounts of it in food and water are common and to some extent unavoidable… It should be emphasised that baby food is not being ‘poisoned’ by arsenic being added to foods during any part of the manufacturing process.”
The arsenic and rice question is actually a very interesting one and is part of a much bigger picture.
Dairy Alternative Drinks – they’re functional not nutritional alternatives…
The Rude Health drinks are the cleanest on the market. However, Rude Health is not anti-dairy. We are anti processed foods and drinks, artificial thickeners, starches, sweeteners, e numbers, agents and chemicals. We offer a clean, equivalent to homemade drinks for those who might be lactose or dairy intolerant or who prefer the taste.
Though dairy alternative drinks are often used in the same way as milk – you can put them in tea and on cereal – they are completely different in terms of nutritional profile. We label ours as “drinks” rather than “milks” or “mylks” for this reason.
Therefore, if you are looking at complete alternatives to dairy, it’s worth thinking about what nutrition you might need to replace.
Our advice to mothers
In terms of whether rice milk is suitable for young children, the issue comes down to the amount consumed in relation to body mass and what else is being consumed. We suggest drinking a variety of milk alternatives in order to reap the benefits of the different vitamins and minerals that they offer.
The world’s local food
Before we are scared off eating rice by media headlines, we can remind ourselves that over half the world’s population, predominantly Asian cultures, eats rice at two or three meal times every day, and have done so for centuries and continue to do so. Furthermore, half of all rice is consumed within eight miles of where it is grown. It really is the world’s local food.
Minerals that prevent absorption of arsenic
It is shown that magnesium, selenium and sulphur containing compounds from foods help to bind arsenic. This includes eggs, onions and garlic. This is a very interesting and significant point when we consider that almost every Asian rice dish will contain at least one of these. Further, studies have shown that arsenic is retained far more effectively in the body in the presence of a selenium or iodine deficiency.
A third world problem
Mineral levels in soils all over the world are significantly lower than they were fifty years ago and where there is high arsenic in the soil, selenium levels will be even further depleted.
However, first world countries where diets are plentiful in those minerals mentioned above can deal with the consumption of arsenic. We should be more concerned for countries where populations are more likely to be malnourished and more susceptible to poisoning. Bangladesh is one example for a combination of factors. Their public water system has high arsenic levels, their soil is low in minerals and they may well be malnourished and therefore more prone to the effects of arsenic.