Ok, so that’s really nothing new. Scientists have been reporting about arsenic in some of our food sources and water for some time now. However, I was just reading an article on Science Daily about just how bad this is. Our tap water is a major source of arsenic, I have heard in the past that we should no longer consume brown rice if it comes from the U.S. because it contains high levels of arsenic, and it appears that brussel sprouts and dark meat fish are also culprits. Guess I’m safe there since I don’t like brussel sprouts or dark meat fish.
Looks like toenail clippings can be tested to determine how much arsenic one is consuming. Those who drink more alcohol and eat brussel sprouts have a higher level of arsenic in their clippings.
Nutritious or Poison?
“Researchers also found increased toenail arsenic in people who eat dark meat fish, which include tuna steaks, mackerel, salmon, sardines, bluefish and swordfish. Fish generally contain a form of arsenic that is thought to safely pass through the human body without being metabolized, but dark meat fish also contain arsenic compounds that can be metabolized.” (Science Daily, 2013)
Sure makes one understand why the U.S. is so riddled with all kinds of diseases eh? So what do we do? Do we stop eating and drinking the sources? Sounds like a reasonable thing to do since the worst offenders are limited. Or, do we test our soil, grow our own, brew our own beer…..? What would your recommendation be to avoid consuming too much arsenic? How much is too much?
Dartmouth College (2013, November 20). Study shows diet alone can be significant source of arsenic. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 23, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131120133937.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fliving_well+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Living+Well+News%29