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Arsenic content in rice--what to do?

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Rice is contaminated with arsenic according to this comprehensive study:

The FDA basically says that it's not an immediate risk which is anything but assuring, since from consuming rice and getting all the arsenic you'll inevitably reduce your life expectency.

I had recently transitioned into using organic brown rice as a staple in my diet, and now its recommended not to consume brown rice at all.

Does this mean I should transition into eating organic white rice instead?

What about quinoa? Does anyone have statistics on arsenic levels in quinoa? The article unfortunately says there isn't any data on Quinoa, though it suggests that the arsenic levels are lower.
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Thank you for your advice and reply, and it is old news! I realize now the way I presented it might suggest it's something new.

I have yet to hear of anyone getting sick and dying from arsenic poisoning due to rice consumption.
Well in the short term I think that's true. But what happens if one ingests arsenic over many years in very small quantities? That cannot have good long term health effects.

I'm definitely going to stop eating brown rice.
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