Arsenic all over

The stuff is turning up in many foods

December 11, 2013

Along with everything else you’ve got to worry about eating — including the ever-present BPA and antibiotics in meat — comes a reminder from Tom Philpott that arsenic is pretty much everywhere.

So while you were fretting about arsenic in rice, chicken and fruit juice, now you’ve got to add white wine, beer, Brussels sprouts, and sardines to the list. As yet unknown, though, is whether the higher arsenic levels seen in folks who regularly down these goodies are actually toxic.

Philpott, however, is resigned to his new diet: “Excuse me while I whip up my dinner: air-poached air, accompanied by well-filtered water.”

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