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Best rice brand to buy?

by (1672) Updated November 30, 2012 at 3:58 AM Created November 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

SO I keep hearing that a lot of rice has arsenic in it and that some types are better than others. Every time I walk in to a grocery store I get bombarded by all these brands emphasizing some different detail, so I was wondering if anyone had a good rice brand they liked that I could find online possibly, or if not just give me the name and I can look at my store! I am just not sure whether I should buy rice from Asia or the US, long milled or enriched white rice? Basmati rice? Jasmine rice? Wild rice? There are too many options.

Thanks for your help guys!

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1191 · November 30, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Lundberg California White Basmati Rice is a good option that's fairly common to find in US stores.

http://chriskresser.com/arsenic-in-rice-how-concerned-should-you-be :

buy a brand made in California like Lundberg; their California White Basmati Rice has only 1.3 to 1.6 ppb arsenic per serving (1/4 cup uncooked), well below the safe limit. In addition, rinsing the rice before cooking and boiling it in a high water-to-rice ratio can help reduce the arsenic content significantly

One little bonus about Basmati is a more favorable glycemic index, if that's something you care about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basmati :

basmati rice has a "medium" glycemic index (between 56 and 69), thus making it more suitable for diabetics

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2711 · November 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Trader Joes has an organic Basmati from India, that I saw listed in some arsenic test and it was pretty low. Rice form Asia seems to be the lowest. It tastes great and has no enrichment.

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5179 · November 30, 2012 at 3:58 AM

You want to avoid rice from the south. Apparently, rice is grown on land that previously was planted with cotton. One theory is that the pesticides used to treat the cotton contained arsenic and now the soil is contaminated. See this article.

Rice from California is ok. White rice is better than brown because most of the arsenic is in the bran. Rinsing is supposed to reduce levels. Also, basmati or jasmine rice is supposed to be ok. In any case, rice should not be a major part of your diet.

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