Arsenic in Rice

In the last few years, information has been published about the dangers of arsenic in rice. The dangers are especially significant for children because of their smaller bodies. While I haven’t seen any research related to feeding rice to pets, I’m going to guess that the risk to our dogs is also higher because of their smaller bodies.

Amounts of arsenic in rice

Consumer Reports assigned “rice points” to different foods made with rice, and the new rules recommend no more than 7 rice points per week.  Half a cup of uncooked white basmati or sushi rice from California, India, or Pakistan equals 5 rice points. All other types of rice (uncooked) get 10 points per ½ cup. So, rinse your rice before cooking!

You’ll also get the added benefit of kicking off the sprouting process by soaking the grain, which makes the rice even easier to digest and provides additional benefits.

Rinse away the arsenic

Rinsing and soaking the rice before cooking can reduce the arsenic content by about 30% according to Consumer Reports. Use about 6 cups of water to one cup of rice, and rinse the rice after soaking.

Vary the grains you feed your dog

By varying the grains you feed your dog, you’ll also help reduce the risks associated with arsenic in rice. My favorite alternate grains include:

  • Pearl barley
  • Quinoa
  • Oats
  • Buckwheat


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