Arsenic and the Evening Meal
We cannot avoid arsenic. But those who are fortunate enough to not have arsenic-contaminated drinking water and who can afford a varied diet can manage their arsenic exposure. We therefore invite you, the reader, to dinner and beginning with pre-dinner cocktails and ending with dessert and a nightcap, we consider the arsenic content of your evening. We start off with a salad, then move to the main course, with your choice of meat or seafood as well as the starch component. We highlight rice because of its relatively high natural arsenic content and the fact that, in 2016, Europe and the United States placed restrictions on the amount of inorganic arsenic that can be present in rice and rice products. Several government agencies have produced advisories cautioning against giving too much rice to infants and young children specifically. We end the meal, and the book, with the hope that we have demystified arsenic and have provided the tools to respond to real, rather than perceived, risk.