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A cook bowl of jasmine rice is seen in Harrisburg, Pa., Thursday, April 24, 2008. U.S. rice futures have hit a record high amid global food inflation. (Carolyn Kaster/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Your water: Test your drinking water for arsenic. Find a certified lab by calling your local water department or the federal Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791.

Your rice: Rinse rice thoroughly before cooking. Instead of cooking rice in water that is entirely absorbed by the grains, use a ratio of six cups water to one cup rice and drain the excess water. Research shows these steps remove about 30 percent of the rice’s inorganic arsenic content.

Your servings: Consumer Reports recommends limiting your intake of rice products. For a quarter-cup of uncooked rice, children should be limited to 11 / 4 servings per week and adults should have up to two servings per week. Consumer Reports does not recommend rice drinks for children under age 5. The FDA says it needs more information before it makes any recommendations.

Your diet: Diversify your diet and eat a wide variety of grains to avoid excessive exposure to contaminants. Wheat and oats are not arsenic free, but they tend to have lower levels of arsenic than rice. Those on a gluten-free diet can try quinoa, millet and amaranth, but those have not been studied as much.

Source: Consumer Reports and FDA

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