Published On: Wed, Apr 27th, 2016

Consuming rice perhaps harmful for kids

Portrait of a boy eating rice with chopsticks

Portrait of a boy eating rice with chopsticks

Attention please parents! A new American research study has warned that infants, who eat rice and rice products, usual first foods for babies, can have elevated urinary arsenic deliberations than those who do not.

Researchers told that Arsenic contact from rice is a distress for infants and children. Earlier research recommends that arsenic contact in utero, and early in life, perhaps linked with unfavorable influences on fetal development and kid immune and neurodevelopment results.

Infant rice cereal can hold inorganic arsenic quantities that surpass the suggestion from the World Health Organization (WHO) of 200 nanograms/gram (ng/g) for refined white rice and the novel European Union directives of 100 ng/g for products intended for infants.

Researchers from Dartmouth College in the US tested the rate of which infants ate rice and rice-holding products in their initial year of life and also the connection with arsenic quantities in the urine. The research involved 759 infants born to mothers in the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study from 2011 to 2014. The infants were pursued more by telephonic interviews each four months for 12 months of age.

After 12 months, dietary models all through the past week were evaluated, involving if the infant had eaten rice cereal, white or brown rice or foods either made by rice, for example, rice-based snacks, or sweetened with brown rice syrup, for example, a few brands of cereal bars. Infant urine models were gathered starting in 2013 with a 3-day food diary.

Researchers discovered that 80 percent of the 759 infants were commenced to rice cereal in the initial year of life with much (64 percent) beginning at 4 to 6 months of age. At 12 months, 43 percent accounted eating a few sort of rice goods in the precedent week; 13 percent were eaten white rice and 10 percent consumed brown rice at a standard of one to two servings each week. Almost 24 percent of infants consumed food constructed with rice or sweetened rice syrup in the precedent week at a standard of five to six servings each week. Relied on details recorded in food diaries two days prior to urine model compilation, 71 infants (55 percent) eaten a few sort of rice goods in the previous two days.

Findings showed that arsenic quantities were elevated amid infants who consumed rice or foods combined with rice, contrasted with infants who consumed no rice. As well, entirety urinary arsenic quantities were two times as elevated amid infants who consumed white or brown rice evaluated with those who consumed no rice. The elevated urinary arsenic quantities were observed amid infants who consumed baby rice cereal. It was almost twice for those who consumed rice snacks evaluated with those who consumed no rice.

The research study was cited in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

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- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.