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Brown Rice Syrup And Arsenic

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This story was one of the main ones on yahoo's homepage today. The title was about arsenic in baby formula and baby food, which is why I clicked on it. But when I read the article it also discussed gluten free foods. Just thought I'd share for everyone to read.

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/arsenic-found-brown-rice-syrup-organic-foods-baby-185300194.html

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I saw the story on the news related the arsenic to brown rice and brown rice syrup. The amount of brown rice in gluten free foods was the first thing I thought of.

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I saw that story too. Babies and celiacs beware! :) I thought it was interesting that they said the white rice is not as bad. But the organic brown rice syrup is a problem.

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Read this article about why there is so much arsenic in rice:

http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=07-P13-00012&segmentID=2

And we knew about this in 2007!

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I doubt it.

They've know about it since at least 2007 & nothing has been done. It's 5 years later. If they were going to do anything they should have been on it a long time ago.

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Not to mention, it even states in the article that they created a hybrid that would grow in high arsenic soil, so obviously they know about it. The more I study, the more I seriously question the morality and ethics of many of those who supply our food. Wouldn't it be nice to make sure those growers of rice in high arsenic soil are required to eat their own product several times a week for a few months, and see how they do before they ship it out to anyone else?

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Yes Ciamarie, that would be a nice thing to have happen. But we all know the almighty $ reigns supreme.

I imagine that once some babies get major problems from it they will make rules about baby formula. This is my personal pet peeve: Why are babies more valuable than adults? They will protect babies from poisoning but not adults (celiacs). To me, a human is a human, young or old & each has their own equal value. But it seems to the world at large that babies have more value. And it just doesn't make sense to me why you would protect babies from poisoning so they can grow up to be adults & get poisoned. I fail to see the logic.

Off my soapbox.

BTW, arsenic was found in high levels in Apple juice too in the last couple years.

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My almost 2 year old had an appointment with a new GI to discuss the possibility of celiac and his loose stools. Since we've questioned dairy and soy he recommended we put him on rice milk for a few weeks. So I went to the health food section at our grocery store and the rice milk that he had for a few weeks this summer has brown rice syrup in it. Ugghhhh!!! I was so frustrated sitting in the store trying to find something I felt safe giving my son. I won't give him Rice Dream after finding out they use barely in the manufacturing process. I could only find 1 brand that didn't have brown rice syrup in, but couldn't get ahold of the manufacturer to confirm if it's gluten and soy free. So I had to go to another store and ended up finding the Pacific brand that I think should be safe.

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What a useless article.

How about naming the PRODUCTS?

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Minefields! There are so many minefields with this disease. Half the time I feel like my brains have been scrambled with an egg beater trying to remember all the rules.

How about making your own almond milk? Put it in the search box for the forum & it should come up how to make it.

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What a useless article.

How about naming the PRODUCTS?

I have a feeling the list would be pages long. Plus there is the issue that companies may change who the get different stuff from on a frequent basis so the ingredient may be fine with one batch and not with another. Makes me glad I don't care for brown rice. And here we all thought going with brown rice was the healthiest option!

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I have a feeling the list would be pages long. Plus there is the issue that companies may change who the get different stuff from on a frequent basis so the ingredient may be fine with one batch and not with another. Makes me glad I don't care for brown rice. And here we all thought going with brown rice was the healthiest option!

What I meant was...name the products these samples came from.

Why write an expose' and not name the BRANDS??

This quote:

"Samples for the study -- 17 kinds of baby formula, 29 cereal bars, and three energy shots -- had been purchased from grocery stores in the Hanover, N.H., area. The report did not say which brands were tested."

This kind of journalism is inflammatory.

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I agree IrishHeart, it's lousy reporting. Who, what, when, where, how & why is what I learned in school that every single piece of reporting should contain. Those were the rules. But I have seen most articles/reporting these days rarely contain 1/2 those items. Sad.

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I agree IrishHeart, it's lousy reporting. Who, what, when, where, how & why is what I learned in school that every single piece of reporting should contain. Those were the rules. But I have seen most articles/reporting these days rarely contain 1/2 those items. Sad.

Hey, were you in my journalism class?? :lol:

If so, good girl!! (er, boy?)

Did I give you an A? :)

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Girl. And I did make A's but even the C & D students learned those rules of journalism. It isn't as if they were hard to remember! Heck, we were taught that in plain old English class. Every book report was to include those items. And I might be older than you. I'm 55.

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Girl. And I did make A's but even the C & D students learned those rules of journalism. It isn't as if they were hard to remember! Heck, we were taught that in plain old English class. Every book report was to include those items. And I might be older than you. I'm 55.

Me, too. 55. :)

When I taught college-level journalism courses, some students had NO preparation in writing basic research reports and could not understand the importance of providing VALID sources or why they might be required to actually say something of SUBSTANCE.

Taking liberally from encyclopedias was their "thing". :blink: and then, the internet became the vast wasteland of their "sources"..ugh!

When I read newspaper articles now (and some of the slop on the internet) I cringe.

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Me, too. 55. :)

When I taught college-level journalism courses, some students had NO preparation in writing basic research reports and could not understand the importance of providing VALID sources or why they might be required to actually say something of SUBSTANCE.

Taking liberally from encyclopedias was their "thing". :blink: and then, the internet became the vast wasteland of their "sources"..ugh!

When I read newspaper articles now (and some of the slop on the internet) I cringe.

Absolutely. I understand. And even when I watch the news on TV it seems they have thrown the rules right out the window!mad.gif And that's when I quit listening because their report has no merit in my opinion. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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