Is it okay to soak rice overnight?

Soaking rice: that's why it's so important

It might sound a bit strange at first, but for the sake of your health, it's best to soak rice before you cook it. We'll tell you why this is so and which active ingredients in rice can be extremely harmful to your health in this home tip.

Make sure to soak rice - it really contains that many toxins

Most people unhesitatingly associate rice with healthy foods, but unfortunately the truth is different. Earlier investigations often revealed the toxic chemical element arsenic in rice, which the plants had absorbed through contaminated groundwater, to a high degree. In an exciting experiment, Professor Andy Meharg from Queens University Belfast has now investigated to what extent the arsenic content in food can be reduced, depending on how it is prepared.

  • In the first experiment, the scientist prepared the rice as most people probably do. He took twice as much water with the rice and boiled it. The result was shocking, the arsenic content had only decreased by 16 percent and was still a full 84 percent.
  • In the second attempt, Meharg increased the water content. For every five parts of water he gave one part of rice. The subsequent result was a little more gratifying, but by no means optimal. The proportion of the dangerous poison was then still 50 percent.
  • With the third attempt, the researcher succeeded in reducing the arsenic content in the food to 16 percent.

Soaking: This is the only way to significantly reduce the arsenic content of your rice

You don't have to do too much to reduce the amount of arsenic in your rice as much as possible.

  • First, soak the rice overnight.
  • Just before preparing the food, pour the rice into a fine-mesh sieve. Then hold the rice grains under running water until the water runs clear.
  • To cook the rice, instead of using two parts of water as usual, increase the water intake to five parts.

In the next tip, we'll show you how to properly freeze rice.