What Happens If you Eat Unwashed Rice? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: If you accidentally eat unwashed rice, you may have sticky, gummy, or gluey rice, and you may increase your exposure to contaminants such as arsenic, talc, or microplastics.

Unwashed rice is rice that has not been rinsed before cooking.

If you accidentally eat unwashed rice, you may experience some changes in the taste and texture of your cooked dish.

You may also increase your exposure to some contaminants such as arsenic, talc, or microplastics.

This is because unwashed rice contains excess starch, impurities, and additives that may have accumulated during the production and distribution process.

Excess starch can make the cooked rice sticky, gummy, or gluey, affecting the quality and appearance of the dish.

Impurities and additives can introduce harmful substances such as arsenic, talc, or microplastics, which can have negative effects on your health.

Arsenic can cause various health problems, such as skin lesions, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Talc can contain asbestos, which is a known carcinogen.

Microplastics can accumulate in the body and interfere with the endocrine system.

It is quite common to eat unwashed rice, especially in some Asian cuisines, where the starch is desirable for certain dishes.

However, some people prefer to wash their rice to remove the starch and improve the texture and flavor of the cooked rice.

You can reduce the risk of eating unwashed rice by rinsing the rice thoroughly before cooking, using clean water and a fine-mesh strainer.

You can also soak the rice for a few hours or overnight to remove more starch and contaminants.

However, be aware that washing rice may also remove some nutrients, especially if the rice is fortified with vitamins and minerals.

To avoid accidental eating of unwashed rice, you can check the label of the rice package and follow the instructions for cooking.

You can also look for rice that is certified organic, non-GMO, or arsenic-free, which may have less contaminants and additives.

Finally, remember, unwashed rice is not necessarily unsafe to eat, but it may affect the quality and nutrition of your cooked dish.

Washing rice before cooking can help improve the taste and texture of your rice, and reduce your exposure to some harmful substances.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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