Öko-Test increasingly finds pollutants in whole grain rice
Risks related to the consumption of rice have been pointed out several times in the past. For example, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) had explicitly warned of arsenic pollution and possible health damage. A current study by the consumer magazine "Öko-Test" was also able to demonstrate increased contamination with mineral oil, cadmium and pesticides, especially in whole grain rice.
According to its own information, Öko-Test examined seven types of basmati rice, white long-grain rice and whole-grain rice. Although whole grain rice is considered to be a healthier alternative to other rice products, it did the worst in the Öko-Test study. The whole grain rice was contaminated with arsenic or cadmium and even mineral oil residues could be detected in the rice. Basmati rice and white long grain rice showed a significantly better quality here.
Surprising test result
The result of the laboratory tests of seven brands of the different types of rice was quite surprising, according to Öko-Test. Here the basmati rice scored “very good” to “sufficient”, the white long-grain rice still “good” to “sufficient” and the whole grain rice ended up with “satisfactory” to “unsatisfactory” in the last places of the evaluation. Whole grain rice contains much more healthy vitamins, minerals and fiber than white rice, but the pollutant content was also significantly increased here, reports Öko-Test.
Basmati rice with the least stress
Basmati rice was the most convincing in the test, according to the Öko-Test. Only minor traces of inorganic arsenic were found in six products and the "Bon-Ri Basmati rice" from Aldi Nord was the only rice in the test to achieve a "very good" rating. DNA tests carried out also showed that Basmati was actually everywhere where it says Basmati, says Öko-Test. This is not a matter of course, because food inspections have often shown that counterfeiters were at work.
Parboiled rice particularly burdened
White long grain rice consistently cuts off in the midfield. However, "strongly increased" levels of inorganic arsenic were also found in five products, according to Öko-Test. This apparently gets into the pretreatment inside the rice. All five affected products were so-called "parboiled rice". Actually, this is supposed to be healthier, because the valuable ingredients are "pressed" inside the rice grain. But apparently pollutants also get into the interior of the grains in this way.
Whole grain rice with the highest pollutant levels
According to the Öko-Test, the high levels of inorganic arsenic were a particularly negative factor for whole grain rice. However, mineral oil levels were also found and residues of three pesticides were found in one of the packs. One even exceeded the maximum residue limit. Only two of the seven wholegrain rice products achieved an overall "satisfactory" rating in the test and the others scored "poor" or "insufficient", reports Öko-Test. This is also due to the fact that not only the healthy ingredients, but also the toxins are mainly in the outer layers of the grains. (fp)