Some are born with one repulsion more or less strong for i dairy product, if they use them they have symptoms of various kinds, from gastrointestinal disturbances to migraines.
Others, they stop using them later in life for health reasons or personal choice (ethical reasons, etc.).
I certainly found myself soon in the condition of natural repulsion towards dairy products.
I remember that when I had lunch with my grandparents, every time my grandmother put the cheese on the table at the end of the meal disgusted by his smell I asked to move it to the corner of the table as far away from me as possible.
Il cow milk it provoked me swelling and difficulty in digestion (... to those who cause these problems).
So, without feeling the slightest lack of dairy products, I quickly made a transition to the vegetable alternatives.
I have almost always used variants of rice milk (pure or mixed with milk from other vegetables: rice-oats, coconut rice, etc.).
- 1 Vegetable milk: The vegetable alternatives to cow's milk
- 2 Why is vegetable rice milk at risk of arsenic contamination?
Vegetable milk: The vegetable alternatives to cow's milk
Today the choices of vegetable milk are very varied and it's fantastic!
Step back (rewind).
... some time ago I discovered gods laboratories in the USA and Europe specialize inrefined analysis of the intolerant to allergens, evaluation of intestinal bacterial flora and health search for toxins in the body (toxic metals, etc.).
Probably similar analyzes can be done even in some specialized laboratory Italy. But I knew that the American laboratory (Cyrex labs) 'twinned' with the English correspondent one is one of the most advanced (perhaps the most advanced) for the research of intolerances towards food allergens.
Thus, excited by the possibility of making one thorough screening of all these variables that determine good health, I launched myself into the choice of this service at a English laboratory.
Do you think I had to take a blood test in Italy (in Rimini) for then send the vials of biological material by express courier in England, at this laboratory.
Well, yes I admit it ... in these things I sometimes try experimenting, but it's the passion to guide me 🙂
And this type of experimentation sometimes also brings some experience that can be also useful to others. And that's exactly what I want share here with you.
My analyzes, basically all is well (intestinal bacterial flora, intolerances, etc.), except one thing ...
Look look what the red arrow points to. Arsenic! … The only toxic metal that exceeded the acceptance limits was that.
Eggià, apparently there was an excess of arsenic in my blood accumulated who knows how.
Fortunately it was not an excess of the excessively high value, however it was worth as a significant fact that something was putting in too much arsenic in the body system.
"But how the hell could I 'poison' myself with arsenic!" I wondered (it's not a real intoxication, but an excessive accumulation that ignites an alarm bell anyway).
Starting from my health habits, this thing had a note even more absurd. I've practically always used a 80-90% of organically grown foods, zero drugs, only natural products, sports, yoga ...
Where could this arsenic come from in my blood?
Thus, I begin to make research.
Here's what comes out, it's been a while shocking know this ...
Rice is often contaminated with arsenic ( "even organic rice?"Yes, organic rice too!"
It seems that the waters they are frequently contaminated (depending on the area) by an excessive presence of arsenic, which comes absorbed by rice seedlings which as you know must be irrigated with large quantities of water.
And what did I drink every single day?
That's right, rice milk.
Now, if like me you are someone who cares about your health, you have probably chosen to opt - in part or totally - towards the vegetable alternatives to cow's milk.
Well done! …but watch out for rice milk.
Now, given that rice milk is contained in 50-70% of the vegetable milk varieties on the market, do not take any vegetable milk you get it under your hand.
I'm not saying that all the rice milk is contaminated by an excess of arsenic, but I say that unfortunately there is no way of knowing unless after purchasing a brick of rice milk - before drinking it - do not undergo an analysis of the arsenic content.
I know that rice milk is particularly delicious because sweet, but in addition to the 'arsenic' element, rice milk is also a little too sugaryVery rich in carbohydrates.
For most people, especially those who suffer from overweight, rice milk (just like refined rice) is definitely not the best choice.
However, don't worry about it I don't want to take away the vegetable milk, for charity. How would I do it if I could not drink any kind of healthy vegetable milk instead of cow's milk every day?
Continuing in the article I will indicate the best alternatives to rice milk which you can easily find on the market.
... and thank goodness, I was already worried!
But first let's try to understand why rice is a risk of arsenic contamination, then let's see what damages can make an excess of arsenic in the body.
Why is vegetable rice milk at risk of arsenic contamination?
In reality the rice is one of the cereals at risk of arsenic contamination, but he is not the only one...
In fact, thearsenic Rice contaminant comes from two sources main:
- Water (contaminated by industrial sources)
- The soil (contaminated by pesticide use)
From this, you understand how also other cereals may be at risk of contamination, but the rice in fact it is the cereal on average more contaminated dall'arsenico.
This is probably because - as I said before - rice needs to grow in order to grow abundant water irrigation compared to other cereals.
Which foods and beverages are at risk of arsenic?
If we want to scale natural products on average more contaminated by arsenic we have:
- Grape juice
- Apple juice
This list is not in quantitative order, but only to group together in a single group those three products that prove to contain an excess of arsenic compared to other common foods, which make them risky to consume daily and / or in excessive quantities.
Who changes their eating habits for the better tends to consume more rice (and rice-based drinks) than before.
This is because rice is a cereal alternative does not contain gluten, and the gluten he is rightly indicted for his contribution to the development of chronic illnesses (he is in fact one of the major and most common allergens food).
Moreover, those who do not drink cow's milk (good :-)) often use them vegetable alternatives, within which it is frequently contained the rice, because sweet (therefore appreciated) and at reduced cost.
Arsenic intoxication symptoms
As for all the toxic substances, even for arsenic poisoning can occur acute or chronic.
Here we see deepen only thechronic intoxication, this being the type of poisoning normally associated with the consumption of contaminated food and drinks.
THEarsenic 'loves' the skin, and nails. There is an affinity of this toxic metal to skin cells and skin products, that is nails and hair.
In fact, the most frequent diseases that are found following a major arsenic intoxication are a skin level.
Furthermore, signs of arsenic poisoning may become visible at the level of nails in the form of Mee lines.
About the affinity of arsenic for the skin, this toxic metal comes excreted with sweat.
So sweat also produces in this case elimination of toxins (sweats, sweats !!! ... and if you feel lazy, make yourself one sauna per week).
Long-term health risks
The extreme effect of chronic arsenic poisoning can be represented by cancer diseases which can affect various organs, such as lungs, liver bladder, and especially the skin.
Note: Do not be afraid because this is the worst that can happen to those who assimilate one high amount of arsenic on a daily basis for years and years. But these are the studied effects of arsenic a long term.
Arsenic, which poisons the body through excessive daily consumption of contaminated food (as rice is often) can determine genotoxicity in humans.
An agent genotoxic is an agent (chemical in this case) capable of damage the DNA structure.
This was noted a study on 400 individuals carried out by the prestigious Nature magazine1.
But a lot was already known about the toxic role of arsenic for a long time, in fact this metal has been known since ancient times as "Poison of Kings and King of Poisons".
I absolutely do not want to engage in psychological terrorism! ... I just say that in the game of factors that contribute to determining a long healthy life or illness, even the "arsenic variable"Plays its role in impressing a direction in one direction or another (without arsenic, cells fare better, the body does not need arsenic).
Better to also have this data to decide on reduce rice consumption (and rice-based foods or drinks), right?
In this way can decrease the risk to accumulate an excess of arsenic, which could make you uncomfortable of health, and in this case you probably wouldn't even know the real cause (unless you do a specific analysis like the one I showed you above).
And in this case, how would 90 end up% of the time? go to the doctor to get you a prescription drug (which further poisons e don't care) for a symptom that would automatically disappear with a simple improvement in eating habits.
Alternatives to rice milk (and rice)
As for vegetable milk (and also applies to the corresponding cereals) the best low-arsenic alternatives are:
- Quinoa (to prepare do-it-yourself because the commercial one is often combined with rice milk)
So every time you buy a vegetable milk make sure that it does not contain rice milk inside and choose those based on the cereals from the list above.
Alternatively, you can also opt for soya milk.
I think the best vegetable milk ever is the almond milk (biological) because it has a certain protein content, monounsaturated fatty acids (good), it is dense (instead of those excessively watery things ...), zero salt (often there is added salt in the vegetable milk).
Even the milk of hazelnuts it's an interesting option.
As you have just seen, this is another example of good faith in food intake that you are sure will do good for your health, and on the contrary has a negative effect.
I know, the whole thing (food and health) sometimes appears a lot complex, but a bit of correct information added to another piece of correct information, the picture more in line with the truth takes on a more distinct form.
Don't be terrified from these new discoveries, but use them as a stimulus to actively search for things without prejudice good for your health.
Other notions on other foods and beverages to avoid you can find them in the article dedicated to one healthy diet to lose weight (click on the link in red to go there).
It is not said that "The truth will set you free"? ... now you are free to choose - with full knowledge of the facts alternatives to rice milk (because there are several) increasing your health e reducing the risk of toxins build up.
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PS I would like to know more from you ... Do you usually use vegetable or cow's milk? do you often use rice (even wholegrain)? answer me in the comment space at the bottom of the article. Your information may be of help also for others who read.
1. "High arsenic in rice is associated with elevated genotoxic effects in humans"by Mayukh Banerjee and coll.
"Arsenic accumulation in rice (Oryza sativa L.): Human exposure through food chain"by M. Azizur Rahman and coll.
"Arsenic in rice"by Dr. Ray Schilling
"Toxicology - the fundamentals of the action of toxic substances" by Curtis D. Klaassen Ed. Casarett & Doull's - seventh edition.
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