Eating too much rice can cause cancers, cardiovascular diseases


MANCHESTER: Experts have warned that eating too much rice could prove fatal in the long run.

Rice contains low-levels of arsenic and it is now thought that prolonged exposure to this could be contributing to thousands of avoidable premature deaths per year.

According to research by two Manchester universities, prolonged exposure to low-levels of inorganic arsenic can be linked to health problems such as cancers and cardiovascular diseases, reported the Mirror.

The researchers from The University of Manchester and The University of Salford have been exploring this relationship and their findings were recently published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

Their results show that once the major factors known to contribute to cardiovascular disease have been accounted for, there is a significant association between elevated cardiovascular mortality and the consumption of inorganic arsenic bearing rice.

Professor David Polya from The University of Manchester said: “The type of study undertaken, an ecological study, has many limitations, but is a relatively inexpensive way of determining if there is plausible link between increased consumption of inorganic arsenic bearing rice and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.


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