The Effects of Too Much Arsenic in the Diet

NutritionFacts .org
NutritionFacts .org
23 Aug 2020

Even at low level exposure arsenic is not just a class I carcinogen, but may impair our immune function and increase our risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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So where is arsenic found in our diet? See my last two videos Where Does the Arsenic in Chicken Come From? ( and Where Does the Arsenic in Rice, Mushrooms, and Wine Come From? (

Next, I take a deep dive into the rice issue:
• Cancer Risk from Arsenic in Rice and Seaweed (
• Which Rice Has Less Arsenic: Black, Brown, Red, White or Wild? (
• Which Brands and Sources of Rice Have the Least Arsenic? (
• How to Cook Rice to Lower Arsenic Levels (
• Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal (
• Arsenic in Rice Milk, Rice Krispies, and Brown Rice Syrup (
• How Risky is the Arsenic in Rice? (
• How Much Arsenic in Rice is Too Much? (
• Is White Rice a Yellow Light or Red Light Food? (
• Do the Pros of Brown Rice Outweigh the Cons of Arsenic? (

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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