Proving once again that that organic doesn’t automatically mean safe and healthy, a team of Dartmouth researchers have found that organic rice syrup, used as an alternative to sugar and other sweeteners can contain levels of arsenic above EPA safety levels.
The website, Dartmouth Now, reported:
“With the introduction of organic brown rice syrup into food processing, even the savvy consumer may unknowingly be ingesting arsenic. Recognizing the danger,Brian Jackson and other Dartmouth researchers conducted a study to determine the concentrations of arsenic in commercial food products containing organic brown rice syrup including toddler formula, cereal/energy bars, and high-energy foods used by endurance athletes.”
The EPA limit for arsenic is 10 parts per billion (ppb) for total arsenic. One infant formula contained arsenic twenty times that limit. Twenty-two cereal bars tested ranged from 8 to 128 ppb in total arsenic.
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