You've Been Cooking Rice All Wrong And It's Horrible For Your Health


Something you probably don't know about me is that I love rice. Like, a lot.

I love rice in all forms — brown rice, sticky rice, saffron rice, jasmine, pilaf, fried, risotto, disproportionate sushi. You name it, I've likely had strange dreams about it.

My all-time favorite food is my Italian grandma's famous rice balls, followed by a nice porcini and peas risotto.

Rice is amazing. You can do so much with it. Rice will never let you down.

Plus, it's naturally gluten-free, so I get to hang out with my Celiac-stricken cousin and we eat eight pounds of it together.

There are few things in life I love more than rice. I mean, I guess I love my Celiac-stricken cousin more than rice, but it's a tight rice race, to be honest.

So yeah, it was a little alarming to hear apparently my beloved rice might one day kill me.

(Would I even be mad at death by rice? PROBABLY NOT.)

Some scientists say there's traces of arsenic in rice.

They claim when you cook rice the easy way a lot of people do, you're letting the arsenic stick around.

The cooking format they're talking about is when you put uncooked rice and water (and butter and salt, if you know what's good for you) in a pot and let it boil on up until all the water disappears.

But because we can never have anything nice, that form apparently is leaving all the arsenic in there. Arsenic is not great for your bod.

The BBC's "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor" did a little test to find the best way to cook rice to get out all the arsenic.

And honestly? It's some bullshit.

Seriously, watch their process. It's insane.

Now y'all know I love rice, but that's like 25 too many steps for even me to do.

If the trace arsenic in rice was really dangerous, I feel like we'd know by now, given how many people across the world consume it.

Better luck next time, DOCTORS.

Citations: Common method of cooking rice can leave traces of arsenic in food, scientists warn (Independent)