Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 53

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE to limit how much juice you give your child. But another approach to this might be to say, it would be worth trying to lobby for standards for arsenic in juice so that when these companies say they abide by federal standards, there are standards they must abide by. If you go to the Consumer Reports website, you can find a complete list of the arsenic concentrations in all the juice samples that they took.3 But it’s not really scientifically valid. They only did it at one point in time. It might be wildly different at other points in time. The situation is worse actually for rice. Children love rice. It turns out the most unhealthy thing you can eat is brown rice because brown rice, which we have all been stuffing down our children for years, turns out to have the highest arsenic levels out there.4 So here is another two-minute video on arsenic levels in rice,5 which is more interesting than listening to me talk the whole time, I think. Many of the foods we in our families eat every day are made with rice. The trouble is some contain relatively high levels of arsenic. What’s more, our recent analysis here at Consumer Reports shows just how easily a child can eat what we think is too much arsenic, in some common foods like hot rice cereal and rice pasta. The good news is that some rices contain less arsenic than others. There are also alternative grains you can substitute. We’ve been listening to your concerns and questions since our initial reports. Now we’re here with answers about what you need to know. Where does arsenic come from and where is it found? Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the environment. But people have a long history of adding it to things like pesticides and poultry feed. 3. “Results of Our Apple Juice and Grape Juice Tests,” Consumer Reports, accessed February 2, 2016, http://www.consumerreports.org/content/dam/cro/magazinearticles/2012/January/ Consumer%20Reports%20Arsenic%20Test%20Results%20January%202012.pdf. 4. “Analysis of Arsenic in Rice and Other Grains,” Consumer Reports Food Safety and Sustainability Center, November 2014, http://www.greenerchoices.org/pdf /CR_FSASC_Arsenic_Analysis_Nov2014.pdf. 5. “How Much Arsenic is in Your Rice? Consumer Reports’ New Data and Guidelines are Important for Everyone but Especially for Gluten Avoiders,” Consumer Reports, accessed February 2, 2016, http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-inyour-rice/index.htm. 50