Researchers at Dartmouth University have found potentially harmful levels of arsenic in several commercial food products, including infant formula, cereal/energy bars and high-energy foods used by endurance athletes.
What’s arsenic, which is known to be both toxic and potentially carcinogenic, doing in food products like infant formula and cereal bars?
As strange as it sounds, the common denominator here appears to be organic brown rice syrup.
As an article at the Dartmouth website points out, food manufacturers have recently begun using organic brown rice syrup as an alternative to high fructose corn syrup for sweetening food.
But, most rice produced in the US is grown in southern states where the soil was previously used for cotton farming, and so treated with pesticides containing arsenic.
Here are a few of the –rather alarming –results from the Dartmouth research: (more…)