Basmati, jasmine or California-grown white rice are less affected than other rice varieties or brown rice.
Vary the grains eaten daily. Try corn, soy, sorghum, quinoa, millet, buckwheat in place of rice (always verify gluten-free status because of cross-contamination). Use more gluten-free replacement foods that do not contain rice flour, or at least contain rice flour as one of the last ingredients not the first ingredient on the label.
Arsenic is absorbed from soil and water in plant-based foods. Soil and water contain arsenic from erosion of arsenic-containing rocks, contamination from mining, and past use of arsenic-containing pesticides. Arsenic based pesticides are now banned, however arsenic contamination of the soil persists. Rice takes arsenic from water and soil as the plant absorbs phosphate necessary for growth. Arsenic and phosphate are similar in chemical structure. In part because rice is grown underwater it absorbs 10 times more arsenic than other cereal grains. Researchers from the University of Delaware have found that a simple soil microbe can prevent arsenic uptake in rice plants. Their work through a 1.9 million dollar grant will help reduce the amount of arsenic in rice in the future
Ansenic levels in water are regulated, but not in food. How the toxicity in water and food compare is not fully known. Assess your personal risk based upon your location and eating habits. Are you eating a variety of foods? Are you actively reading labels? The risk of arsenic in rice varies by the region it is grown, the variety and other growing practices. Rice grown in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas tend to have higher levels of arsenic. These are likely the results of mineral deposits from the soils and rivers, coupled with the practices of flooding rice fields and using arsenic in the past to control the boll weevil in cotton fields.