arsenic in food, arsenic test By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC, and Donna Manrique

“Recent Consumer Reports testing discovered double-digit amounts of arsenic and lead ABOVE FEDERAL STANDARDS in a portion of the 88 samples of apple and grape juices it tested.”

Arsenic is a poison used in pesticides, and also has many other uses.  But why would arsenic find its way into the human food system?  It seems shocking, perplexing, how can this be?

It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds. There are two ways this harmful, deadly chemical can be hiding in your food. Organic, naturally occurring arsenic
Inorganic arsenic residue from pesticides (a known carcinogen)

In earlier years, pesticides with arsenic were commonplace in farming. However they have long since been banned, but traces of the chemical can still be found in soil still today.  More recently, arsenic is used in poultry feed to fend off disease, which in turn goes into the chicken, turkey, etc. and therefore in YOUR food. And not just poultry, it can also be included in rice, and yes, potentially even your drinking water!

In 2013 Dartmouth conducted a study of foods that regularly contained notable levels of arsenic
They are:

  1. Chicken & other poultry
  2. Rice
  3. Brussel sprouts
  4. Fish (dark meat)
  5. Beer & Wine

What can you do to learn if arsenic is effecting YOU? Your hair offers amazing insight into your overall health! Your hair can show whether you are experiencing a mineral deficiency or high levels of toxins, including arsenic. Through our hair analysis test kits, you’ll gain insight to what may be causing symptoms including

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Heart disease         Cancer         Neurological Disorders          Type 2 Diabetes

Ways to reduce organic and inorganic levels of arsenic. 

  • When eating rice, rinse your rise for several minutes. This simple practice can reduce levels of arsenic for up to 30 – 40%!
  • Go organic when buying rice. While this won’t eliminate arsenic completely, it will help reduce the levels of inorganic arsenic hidden in your foods.
  • Look for other grains as a substitute for rice – Rice is the number one food in which arsenic is consistently found. Consider quinoa or millet as a substitute.
  • Eat fewer processed foods
  • Check the EWG tap water database to become knowledgeable about what is in your drinking water

Our hair analysis test is easy to use and offers results in as little as 3 weeks. We suggest the Toxic Elements Hair Analysis for people concerned about arsenic and other toxins that may be stored in their body. 

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