You're cooking rice wrong and it could be poison

Carly Williams and Yahoo News

So we could be cooking rice incorrectly and it may be causing harm.

Rice contains a worrying amount of arsenic, a harmful chemical that can cause heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Researchers in Northern Ireland discovered the way most people cook rice, which is by boiling it in a pan until it absorbs the water, doesn’t get rid of the toxin.

Rice could cause you harm. Photo: Getty

It’s much safer if you soak it overnight first.

The researchers found that this reduced arsenic levels by 80 percent.

But beware of the other hidden horrors that could cause health problems are lurking in your kitchen.

Rice contains a worrying amount of arsenic. Photo: Getty
Make sure you soak your rice in water overnight. Photo: Getty

Bagged salads are convenient, but have a much higher risk of carrying pathogens such as E. coli or salmonella, than afresh head of lettuce does.

Bagged leafy salad could be armful. Photo: Getty

The refrigerator door might seem like the place for dairy staples, like milk and eggs but they belong in the coldest part of the fridge, the bottom shelf, to prevent premature spoilage.

If you like your toast on the crispy side, think again.

Burnt toast is bad too? Photo: Getty

Burnt bread contains high levels of the chemical acrylamide, which can cause cancer.

And if the carbs don’t get you, the toaster might. More than 700 people worldwide die in toaster fires and electrocutions.

If these frightening kitchen facts have you itching for a drink, take heed.

Need a drink? Photo: Getty

Wine and beer also contain high levels of arsenic. So ... pass the vodka?

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