White rice is probably one of the most common staple foods in the world. It can grow in many different countries and climates, lasts just about forever, and is so easy to make. For generations, many countries have thrived from these delectable little grains. From the European countries such as Spain, where a staple dish is a rice based soup called paella. Or perhaps when someone thinks of rice they think of Asian countries such as Japan, where it is common to eat a healthy serving of rice with every meal. With all the ways rice is great, many people probably think that rice is just about the best thing to be created since, well the beginning of man. However what if rice was entirely bad for you? What if through its processing to get that nice white color rice became somewhat toxic for your body? Well here are five facts to look at that will state exactly how bad white rice is for you and your health.
1. White rice contains arsenic
You know those boxes with the skull and crossbones that we saw quite often of television. These boxes may also feature a cartoon drawing of a dead mouse, or may be used as a reference to murder in more mature programming. We probably all know that the stuff in those containers is highly toxic, as it is called rat poison. What we probably don’t know is that it is called arsenic and that it is in the very same rice we eat. Arsenic is a highly toxic metallic compound that can be found in white rice. While the amount of arsenic that white rice contains is fairly minuscule, those amounts can still have ill effects on the human body. They can change how cells communicate which can result in ailments such as cancer or diabetes. It could also play a role in the development of vascular and lung diseases.
Through processing rice loses all of its natural nutritional value throughout each of the steps it goes through. Once picked it is brown, and shipped across the country to plants where it is refined and transformed into those “lovely” white grains. As it ships the rice degrades, causing a fraction of its nutritional value to already deplete. Fortunately, however, a lot of it is held in due to the brown shell around the grains. This is what gives brown rice its brown color and nutty flavor. Well, that’s the first thing they get rid of, after all if can’t be white rice with that nice little shell. After this, the rice is dirty and must be cleaned by being soaked in a variety of solutions. These solutions give the rice its nice white color, however completely depletes it of all nutritional value whatsoever. To gain, even a portion of its original nutritional value the rice is fortified with some vitamins and minerals.
3. White rice increases the risk of type 2 diabetes
That’s right! With chemicals and toxins such as arsenic, and the fact that rice is a simple carbohydrate. By eating a lot of rice, you are increasing your risk for type two diabetes. Studies in Asia, the United States, and Australia have been made, and they show that individuals who eat a lot of white rice increase their risk of type two diabetes by over 50 percent. So don’t risk a life of insulin shots, and instead keep away from the rice. There were a lot of research papers written about cancer but only medical magazines mention the risks of diabetes. People must pay attention on different health hazard.
4. White rice is one of the leading causes of food poisoning
Have you ever eaten a piece of sushi, and after some time you felt violently ill? You most likely blamed the fish for that dilemma. But what if we told you that the fish was most likely fine and that it was the rice that probably made you sick. That’s right; rice is quite possibly one of the leading causes of food poisoning across the globe. Rice is usually infected with spores known as Bacillus Cereus, and they can survive quite easily in the dry conditions such as the bag your rice travels in. Cooking your rice cannot kill off these spores, it activates them. Of course cooking your rice also gives those spores a nice healthy environment to thrive, creating that perfect environment for food poisoning if left out for enough time. The only ways to help this is to refrigerate your rice as soon as possible and to keep it for no longer than two or three days.
5. Rice is simply cheap and filling
Many of you might see this fact and think; well isn’t that a good thing. No, it isn’t, because of how cheap and filling rice is it is very easy to overfill on rice. This can cause you or your family to miss out on much-needed nutrients from other sources. Such as fruits and vegetables for vitamins and fiber, or meats and cheeses for protein. You don’t want an extra filling meal of cheap rice to make you miss out on that needed nutrients.
Rice, quite possibly one of the most common staple foods in the world could cause so many issues. With all of the risks towards your health, it’s a wonder why people even bother trying to eat the stuff at all. Why risk a lifetime of health issues over a few cents, when you can easily enjoy a healthy serving of something alternative, such as pasta or brown rice?
Biden to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Citing Health Impact on Youth and Black People
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to propose an immediate ban on menthol cigarettes, a product that has long been targeted by anti-smoking advocates and critics who claim that the tobacco industry has aggressively marketed to Black people in the U.S.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that the administration could announce a ban on menthol and other flavored cigarettes as soon as this week.
Roughly 85 percent of Black smokers use such menthol brands as Newport and Kool, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Research has also found that menthol cigarettes are easier to become addicted to and harder to quit than unflavored tobacco products, along with other small cigars popular with young people and African Americans.
Civil rights advocates claim that the decision should be greeted by Black communities and people of color who have been marketed to by what they describe as the predatory tobacco industry.
Black smokers generally smoke far less than white smokers, but suffer a disproportionate amount of deaths due to tobacco-linked diseases like heart attack, stroke, and other causes.
Anti-smoking advocates like Matthew L. Myers, president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, also greeted the move to cut out products that appeal to children and young adults.
“Menthol cigarettes are the No. 1 cause of youth smoking in the United States,” he said. “Eliminating menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars used by so many kids will do more in the long run to reduce tobacco-related disease than any action the federal government has ever taken.”
However, groups including the American Civil Liberties Group (ACLU) has opposed the move, citing the likelihood that such an action could lead to criminal penalties arising from the enforcement of a ban hitting communities of color hardest.
In a letter to administration officials, the ACLU and other groups including the Drug Policy Alliance said that while the ban is “no doubt well-intentioned” it would also have “serious racial justice implications.”
“Such a ban will trigger criminal penalties, which will disproportionately impact people of color, as well as prioritize criminalization over public health and harm reduction,” the letter explained. “A ban will also lead to unconstitutional policing and other negative interactions with local law enforcement.”
Pollution Is Making Human Penises Shrink and Causing a Collapse of Fertility, Scientists Say
With many still scoffing at the idea of rampant pollution posing a threat to humanity, a new study could drastically change the conversation: the chemicals across our environment could be the cause of shrinking human penises.
According to a new book by Dr. Shanna H. Swan, conditions in the modern world are quickly altering the reproductive development of humans and posing a threat to our future as a species.
The argument is laid out in her new book Count Down: How Our Modern World Is Threatening Sperm Counts, Altering Male and Female Reproductive Development, and Imperiling the Future of the Human Race.
The book discusses how pollution is not only leading to skyrocketing erectile dysfunction rates and fertility decline, but also an expansion in the number of babies born with small penises.
While it may seem like good fodder for jokes, the research could portend a grim future for humanity’s ability to survive.
Swan co-authored a study in 2017 that found sperm counts had precipitously fallen in Western countries by 59 percent between 1973 and 2011. In her latest book, Swan blames chemicals for this crisis in the making.
“Chemicals in our environment and unhealthy lifestyle practices in our modern world are disrupting our hormonal balance, causing various degrees of reproductive havoc,” she wrote in the new book.
“In some parts of the world, the average twentysomething woman today is less fertile than her grandmother was at 35,” she also wrote, noting that men could have only half the sperm count of their grandfathers.
Swan blames the disruption on phthalates, the chemicals used in plastic manufacturing that also have an impact on how the crucial hormone endocrine is produced
However, experts note that the proper implementation of pollution reduction measures could help humanity prevent the collapse of human fertility.
Visualizing The World’s Deadliest Pandemics By Population Impact
Humanity has been battling against disease for centuries.
And while most contagious outbreaks have never reached full-blown pandemic status, Visual Capitalist’s Carmen Ang notes that there have been several times throughout history when a disease has caused mass devastation.
Here’s a look at the world’s deadliest pandemics to date, viewed from the lens of the impact they had on the global population at the time.
Editor’s note: The above graphic was created in response to a popular request from users after viewing our popular history of pandemics infographic initially released a year ago.
Death Toll, by Percent of Population
In the mid-1300s, a plague known as the Black Death claimed the lives of roughly 200 million people – more than 50% of the global population at that time.
Here’s how the death toll by population stacks up for other significant pandemics, including COVID-19 so far.
The specific cause of the Black Death is still up for debate. Many experts claim the 14th-century pandemic was caused by a bubonic plague, meaning there was no human-to-human transmission, while others argue it was possibly pneumonic.
Interestingly, the plague still exists today – however, it’s significantly less deadly, thanks to modern antibiotics.
History Repeats, But at Least We Keep Learning
While we clearly haven’t eradicated infection diseases from our lives entirely, we’ve at least come a long way in our understanding of what causes illness in the first place.
In ancient times, people believed gods and spirits caused diseases and widespread destruction. But by the 19th century, a scientist named Louis Pasteur (based on findings by Robert Koch) discovered germ theory – the idea that small organisms caused disease.
What will we discover next, and how will it impact our response to disease in the future?
Like this? Check out the full-length article The History of Pandemics
Republished from ZH with permission.