Arsenic is definitely not good for you. I think what's worse is the phytic acid in whole grains. Or is it? I know arsenic is a metalloid. So perhaps the phytic acid can chelate the arsenic and remove it from the body as it does with other minerals. Phytic acid is one of those double edged swords. Any one see any research on this? Perhaps this is one way to get around the arsenic. Or perhaps one more reason to eat white rice which won't contain the arsenic or phytic acid.