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Why You Should Cook Rice In A Coffee Percolator

Friday, July 24, 2015

For the vast majority of us, the coffee percolator is used for, well, brewing coffee.

What else could you possibly use it for?

Well, according to experts, to prepare rice!

Yes, in order to prepare rice in the safest way possible, experts are advising that people cook rice in machines designed for making filter coffee instead of boiling it in a pan.

But why is this the case?


Well, researchers from Queen's University Belfast have discovered that preparing rice using a coffee percolator can significantly reduce harmful amounts of arsenic which can cause bladder and lung cancer as well as damage to the nervous system.

This is particularly an issue with babies and small children, whose exposure is greater.

Professor of plant and soil sciences at the university, Andy Meharg, reported that, due to the fact it is grown in flood plains, rice is ”by far our dominant source of inorganic arsenic.”

Indeed, according to a 2009 report on the subject, half of Europe’s exposure to arsenic comes from rice and the figures are even higher in some other countries like Bangladesh and China.

An investigation by Channel 4's Dispatches programme in 2014 found 58% of rice products in the UK exceed proposed Europe-wide limits for arsenic.

But, you may be wondering, why is the coffee percolator the solution?

Well, cooking rice in a percolator, according to results published in the journal PLOS ONE, removes 85% of the arsenic, whereas boiling rice on the pan means that the arsenic is simply re-absorbed.

However, the researchers advise that you would need to choose your percolator carefully.

On grounds of practicality, "a stove-top percolator would not work", Meharg admits, and that it would need to be a drip-brewer.

The researchers found it took 20 minutes to prepare white rice in this way and 40 minutes for brown rice.

Over to you

What do you think about this latest report?

Will it encourage you to put your coffee percolator to an alternative use?

As always, remember to get in touch with us here at Cafe2U HQ with your comments and questions, feedback is always welcome!

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