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rice be eaten every day? This issue is not discussed because of insanity or sensationalism, but more and more evidence shows that eating rice every day can put us at risk, especially infants, pregnant women and other vulnerable or sensitive groups.

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food should be diversified, and the staple food should also be diversified, not too single, which is the principle of healthy diet advocated by nutrition. As a representative of refined grains, white rice has less nutritional value than coarse grains. But these principles and facts are obviously not enough to draw the conclusion that “rice can not be eaten every day” or “rice can not be eaten every day”. However, recent events and evidence are prompting us to come to this conclusion. The latest evidence of

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is the data released by FDA (the US Food and drug administration, which is a popular translation in China, but “FDA” may be a more accurate translation, which appears in its own Chinese report). It is very difficult to accurately interpret these data, especially to match the data with the situation of rice eating in China. Moreover, the FDA itself has not given a clear conclusion (but “American consumer report” gives guidance on how to eat rice based on these complicated and limited data, which seems to have no guiding significance for Chinese people) Instead of discussing these data, we will share the FDA’s recommendation based on these data: “the arsenic content found in the samples is too low to cause immediate or short-term health damage. Encourage all consumers (including pregnant women, infants and children) to eat a balanced diet to get more comprehensive nutrition and avoid the possible adverse health effects of excessive consumption of single foods (such as rice, which I added). “Infants should be fed a variety of grains” (rather than a single rice flour or paste). In addition, the FDA pointed out that there is not a lot of arsenic in organic rice; brown rice (coarse grain) seems to contain more arsenic than white rice; thorough cleaning and boiling with more water can reduce arsenic content, but it is very harmful to vitamins, and the overall health benefits are unknown. All in all, there is no way to cook arsenic containing rice. Although arsenic in

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is worthy of attention, cadmium is more toxic. The haze of cadmium rice is becoming more and more popular in China in recent years. In May last year, the food safety office of Guangdong Province took the lead in announcing that cadmium content in more than 150 batches (about 10% of the total inspection batches) exceeded the standard, which once caused great concern. Although there were few results published in other regions since then (only the rice cadmium exceeding standard rate of Fujian Province was 1%), this does not mean that other regions do not have cadmium rice. This strange “Silence” itself is worth pondering. The experts’ advice is the same as that of the US FDA: “increase the diversity of recipes and reduce the dependence on Rice (especially single source rice). Don’t eat rice for dinner. Increase grains, sweet potato, etc.

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rice seems to have a special preference for toxic elements such as arsenic and cadmium in the environment, and its absorption capacity is stronger than that of other cereals. No doubt, the pollution of cadmium and arsenic in rice is aggravated by environmental pollution. According to the “national soil pollution survey bulletin” issued by the Ministry of environmental protection and the Ministry of land and resources on April 17, farmland pollution is relatively serious, 19.4% is unqualified, and heavy metal cadmium pollution is aggravated. The soil pollution in the south is more serious than that in the north; the problems of soil pollution in some areas such as the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta and the northeast old industrial base are more serious, and the soil heavy metals in the southwest and Central South regions exceed the standard.

in summary, I would like to say that it is not advisable to eat rice every day. Rice can not be eaten every day. Reduce some rice and increase some other grains.

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