We Indians love food, and more so, rice. C’mon, think of all your favourite dishes — doesn’t rajma chawal top the list? Or how about those weekends, when all you want to eat is spicy fried rice? There’s no denying that we love our rice, but are we cooking it right? You might raise your eyebrows in amazement, because well, what does cooking really have to do with it? The answer is everything.
As we know, the foods we eat today are choked with chemicals. This means that without even realising, you are ingesting chemicals, and that could really cause a lot of trouble in the future. The food that you love so much could cause toxicity in your body, and cause diseases like cancer and heart-related issues.
According to a recent study done by the Queen’s University Belfast in England, the chemical from the industrial toxins and pesticides in the soil can make rice really dangerous. In many cases, rice is causing arsenic poisoning.
So, what should we do? Should we stop eating it? Not at all. But you must learn how to cook it properly. But before we get to that, let’s find out all about arsenic, and how it can be detrimental for your health.
For the unversed, arsenic is a chemical that is present in various minerals. It is also the most common element that is used to make industrial pesticides and insecticides. In fact, there are several countries that have high levels of arsenic in their ground water. Unfortunately, if we are exposed to this chemical for a long time, either by way of food or water, arsenic poisoning is likely to happen. It can show up in the form of vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, and even cancer and skin lesions. As mentioned above, high levels of arsenic are found in rice, and if we do not pay attention and cook rice well, there’s a lot we might have to deal with in the future.
Absolutely, yes! As per research by the Queen’s University Belfast, before eating rice, soak them overnight in water, and you will be sorted. The findings also go on to show that the levels of toxins were reduced by 80%, when this was done.
There were three different ways that were tested.
Even if you are in a tearing rush, do not forget to soak the rice for at least 3-4 hours.