Find out what to look for when shopping for rice.
A staple in cuisines around the world, rice is widely available and known for its variety. From quick-cooking microwaveable rice pouches to the rice with the least amount of arsenic, get the quick facts behind this popular whole grain.
The FDA continues to review the safety of plastic packaging for foods like microwavable rice. Although the materials used in plastic rice bags may not contain bisphenol A (BPA), there may be other chemical compounds that can affect your food. If you’re concerned about heating rice in a plastic bag, simply pour the rice into a glass container before cooking it in the microwave.
When it comes to arsenic levels in rice, both stovetop and microwave rice will typically have the same amount. More rice brands and types need to be tested but you can avoid high arsenic levels by choosing basmati rice, which has been shown to have the least amount of the known carcinogen.