One of the key staples in a gluten-free life is rice. Because it finds its way into most meals, it is good to know that washing these grains before cooking is important for your health. Now the question is why?
Rice and other starchy foods are commonly contaminated with a fungus called Aspergillus. When rice is stored for a long period of time–which it often is–the fungus may produce a substance called aflatoxin, which can cause liver cancer. But this does not mean you need to cut rice out of your diet! Simply remember to give it a good wash, cook thoroughly, and enjoy as usual!