Does Wild Rice contain arsenic

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Does wild rice contain the same levels of arsenic as brown rice?

I eat rice 2 or 3 times a week. When i go out to eat, I eat brown rice. When I make it at home, it is generally a wild rice blend. Does wild rice contain the same levels of arsenic?

Rick / Originally posted on Arsenic in Rice


Wild rice appears to have levels of arsenic comparable to regular rice, whether sourced from China, sold in the U.S., or specifically from Wisconsin.

For more on the arsenic and rice story, see my blog post How Much Arsenic In Rice Came From Chickens?, which references my video Arsenic in Chicken and prior post about Dr. Oz, Apple Juice, and Arsenic. Recently, Consumer Reports vindicated Dr. Oz’s concerns about the unregulated levels of this toxic element in juice.

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Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. In researching on the internet, I found other indicators that wild rice does not have arsenic because of the way it is grown, unlike brown rice or white rice.
    Based on your answer, where do we get the data that says it does have arsenic?
    Please send us the link to the data. We know that the FDA says that rice has arsenic, but Wild Rice is not related to rice, so wouldn’t the FDA mention this separately as a grain with arsenic?

  2. Yes, I have also read that wild rice (grass) does NOT have arsenic. It would be nice to put this issue to bed once and for all.

    I just threw out all my brown rice, because it goes rancid much faster than white rice, in addition to having high levels of arsenic (I also got rid of all my black/purple rice, which was supposed to be very healthy, for similar reasons).

  3. Dr. Greger made several videos about arsenic in rice and advised to reduce consumption of rice. Why is it still on the daily dozen? Big discrepancy.

    1. Hi Meemoo, thanks for your comment. Soaking rice in a container with water for a few hours and discarding the water helps to reduce the inorganic Arsenic that is found in the soil. White rice such as Basmati rice that is used in Middle East has less Arsenic than brown rice.
      Please note that Arsenic is naturally occurring element that is in the soil and water all around the world and there are trace amounts of Arsenic in a lot of food and beverages such as, Fruits, juices, grains, seafood, meat and wine and by referring to a country food and agricultural site such as FDA in the USA one can obtain useful information regarding hazardous materials in the environment that is present in the soil and water .
      I hope these information is useful to you.

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