Rice products may increase risk of urinary arsenic in infants


New York: Rice product food or rice is harmful for babies. It may increase risk of urinary arsenic in newborn infants. A large number of mother often fed rice product to their babies. But, according to new study, to consume rice and rice product are more prone to have higher urinary arsenic concentrations than those who do not eat any type of rice.

The study was done based on the urine samples of the infants which showed that arsenic concentrations were found higher among those who ate rice or foods mixed with rice compared with infants who do not rice.
Even the total urinary arsenic concentrations were twice as high among infants who ate white or brown rice compared with those who ate no rice.

Infants who consume baby rice cereal were seen having the highest urinary arsenic concentrations.
“Our results indicate that consumption of rice and rice products increases infants’ exposure to arsenic and that regulation could reduce exposure during this critical phase of development,” said lead researcher Margaret R. Karagas, from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in US.

Further, other dietary sources of arsenic, such as apple juice, may further contribute to urinary arsenic concentrations.
The study, which included 759 infants born to mothers from 2011 to 2014, followed up with phone interviews every four months until 12 months of age.

At 12 months, dietary patterns during the past week were assessed, including whether the infant had eaten rice cereal, white or brown rice, or foods either made with rice, such as rice-based snacks, or sweetened with brown rice syrup, such as some brands of cereal bars.