British researchers come up with the ideal way to cook rice to remove naturally occurring arsenic

Here’s what they came up with

Published by Nigel Pritchard on Nov 05, 2020

Worldwide we, humans, consume enormous quantities of rice, In our article of the 10th July 2020 (visit our site [**here**]() ) we asked an expert about whether we should be worried about the naturally occurring arsenic in rice.

In our earlier article The Food Standards Agency (FSA) noted that “arsenic is a substance that is naturally present in the environment adding that “rice tends to take up more arsenic from the environment than other cereal crops.”


Olivier Sanchez from said if you are a big eater of rice, you can take small steps towards limiting your exposure to arsenic. “Checking the origin of the rice on the label may help you because as Sanchez said. “A recent study showed that rice grown in the US (Texas, the most), Italy and Spain contained the highest levels of arsenic, and in Pakistan and India, the least.”

At home “soaking rice overnight, boiling it in high volume of water and rinsing the rice well at every step” will also help reduce arsenic levels.

Luckily though a new study from researchers at Sheffield University have come up with the best way to remove arsenic from the rice during the cooking process.

Here is what they came up with:

•First boil fresh water
•Then, put the rice into saucepan
•After just 5 minutes drain off the water
•Then using fresh water add water back into the pan and add the rice
•Turn the heat down, put a lid on the saucepan
•And finish cooking,

So, there’s no need to ditch your egg fried rice next time you fancy eating Chinese food. Phew.