Rice cakes are really popular among the youngest, but it seems that they are not as healthy as we considered them to be. Namely, a new study found that these products are loaded with dangerous levels of a carcinogenic substance.
This study was carried out by the Swedish National Food Agency. And it examined 102 rice products available on the market. In the end, they discovered high levels of arsenic in some of these products, which is a known carcinogen.
Arsenic naturally appears in the soil and bedrock and is absorbed by plants, but rice seems to be particularly open to absorbing and storing high levels of arsenic.
If ingested in large quantities, arsenic can cause tumors in the skin, lungs, bladder, as well as the liver, kidneys and prostate. Also, recent studies pay a lot of attention to the presence of arsenic in baby rice and rice products.
Regarding these findings, the food safety organization revised its dietary recommendations on rice. To be more specific, children should not consume rice or rice products such as rice porridge, rice noodles, or breakfast cereal made of puffed rice like (Rice Crispies, for instance) more than four times a week. Moreover, these rice cakes contain the most arsenic, which is the reason why they shouldn’t be given to children under the age of six.
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