Warning To All Parents: Don’t Let Your Children Eat Rice Cakes.
Popular rice products found in grocery stores all over the world can be harmful to young children.
A new study has found excessive levels of a carcinogenic substance in some well-known favorites and is issuing a warning to parents everywhere.
The story goes on to say
After examining 102 commercial rice products, the National Food Agency in Sweden found levels of the carcinogen arsenic in some cases too high
However, there is no link to the actual study (the link behind "this study" actually links to an English red-top news story).
Is there any truth to this story whatsoever? Do rice products routinely have high levels of arsenic? That's a bit subjective so by "high" are they in any way dangerous to children if eaten routinely/daily?
We looked at data released by the Food and Drug Administration in 2013 on the inorganic arsenic content of 656 processed rice-containing products. We found that rice cereal and rice pasta can have much more inorganic arsenic—a carcinogen—than our 2012 data showed. According to the results of our new tests, one serving of either could put kids over the maximum amount of rice we recommend they should have in a week. Rice cakes supply close to a child's weekly limit in one serving. Rice drinks can also be high in arsenic, and children younger than 5 shouldn’t drink them instead of milk.
We used our new data and analysis to assign a point value to types of rice foods. On average, we recommend getting no more than 7 points per week. Risk analysis is based on weight, so a serving of any food will give children more points than adults.
The Swedish National Food Agency's 2015 study shows that a young child
who eats two to four rice cakes a week is at risk of ingesting a lot
of arsenic. Rice cakes provide almost no important nutrients and often
contain salt. The Swedish National Food Agency therefore recommends
that parents do not give rice cakes to children under the age of six.
It has this so say on the topic of routinely eating rice:
Eating rice and rice products a few times a week, which is what most
people do in Sweden, does not constitute a health risk. But adults
should not eat rice and rice products (rice pudding, rice noodles and
rice snacks) every day. Children should not eat rice or rice products
more than four times a week.