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What is arsenic

Arsenic (As) is an element in the environment that is found naturally in rocks and soil, water, air, and in plants and animals. We normally take in small amounts of arsenic in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Arsenic is found in many food products including rice, seafood, poultry, juices, coffee, beer, cheese, vegetables, mushrooms, bread and chocolate.

Do you test for arsenic?

We have been testing our rice for inorganic arsenic since 2010, working with accredited commercial labs and the average
level for our rice has consistently tested at less than half of Codex’s proposed maximum level of 0.20 parts per million (ppm) for Inorganic Arsenic in white (or polished) rice. For specific results, visit lotusfoods.com/pages/arsenic

How much inorganic arsenic is in a serving of Lotus Foods rice?

For the most recent crop year, the average level is 2.3 mcg/serving. The average over the last 4 years from 2017 to 2020 is 3.4 mcg/serving. This compares to an average of 7.2 mcg/serving of all brown rice reviewed by FDA. For specific results, visit lotusfoods.com/pages/arsenic-serving

How do I find specific results about arsenic testing?

We release specific data results based on rice variety and crop year. We divided our varieties into groups based on color and texture:
Brown – 100% whole grain, with the bran fully intact.
White – The Bran and Germ are removed for a soft, fluffy texture.
Pigmented – Whole grains, blends, and milled grains (partially intact bran) that get their color from a natural source of antioxidants called anthocyanins.
For specific results, visit lotusfoods.com/pages/arsenic

Does washing reduce arsenic levels?

Studies also show that washing or soaking rice and then discarding the water before cooking is effective at reducing arsenic levels, especially inorganic forms.

Where can I find your products?

Our products are sold nationally in many natural food and co-op stores, gourmet/specialty markets, grocery stores and online at Amazon.com or lotusfoods.com. Please email questions@lotusfoods.com or use our Store Locator to find our products at a store near you.

We encourage you to ask your local grocer to bring in a specific product if it’s not available!

Why can't I find all of your products on your site?

We recently launched our new online store and not all products
will be immediately available here, but all should be added over time. If you look in the top right corner of our website, you will notice the Store Locator. The store locator allows you to find stores near you that carry our products. You can filter down to find specific products you are looking for.

Please be sure to check back here soon as we continue to roll out our new online store, and contact us at questions@lotusfoods.com if you have any questions.

What does Heirloom mean?

Heirloom is a term used to refer to plants that are grown from indigenous seed stock. Often, these seed stocks are ancient and have been used in a region traditionally. These seeds have not been hybridized or genetically modified.

Why is Forbidden® Rice called Forbidden?

During the days of the Ching and Ming dynasties Forbidden Rice was exclusively reserved for the Chinese Emperors to ensure their longevity and good health. Eventually, common people were allowed to eat the rice. Since then, it has become a nourishing staple that is reputed to promote long life and good health.

What makes Forbidden® Rice so special?

Legend has it that during the days of the Ching and Ming dynasties Forbidden Rice was exclusively reserved for the Chinese Emperors to ensure their longevity and good health. Eventually, common people were allowed to eat the rice, but has always been highly prized throughout Asia—likely for its health benefits–and is used in offerings, ceremonies and celebrations. Since then, it has become a nourishing staple that is reputed to promote long life and good health.

Forbidden Rice® has the darkest bran layer of any whole grain rice. It is this bran layer where most of the minerals, vitamins and fiber are stored. Forbidden Rice® contains a class of antioxidants called anthocyanins. For such a dark whole grain rice, it is extremely convenient, cooking in only 30 minutes and producing a roasted nutty taste with a hint of fruit or floral at the finish.

Why does the Forbidden® Rice bleed black?

The black color of Forbidden Rice is from the color of the whole grain outer layer. This black bran layer is where the nutritional value of the rice is stored. When wet, this black bran bleeds a dark gray, purple color. Care should be taken in using wooden utensils.

What is Lotus Foods' Fair Trade Policy?

We strive to source rice primarily from smallholder rice farmers, giving them access to international markets. We pay them higher prices to increase their incomes and as incentive to adopt and scale organic and regenerative growing practices such as the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) - What we call More Crop Per Drop®. Our Fair Trade premiums improve incomes and the resilience of rural communities. Our Tricolor Blend from Indonesia was the first rice ever to be certified as Fair for Life, the most rigorous fair trade standard for benefiting people and their environment. In Cambodia, between 2015 and 2020, social development premiums have been invested in a community coop, water retention ponds, a learning center, a community rice mill and worker housing. 

Certified Fair Trade Rice: Organic White Basmati, Organic Brown Basmati, Organic Tricolor Blend, Organic White Jasmine, Organic Brown Jasmine.

Are your products Kosher Certified?

Lotus Foods offers a wide range of kosher certified products. Please look for the scroll K symbol on our packaging and website for our
certified kosher products.

Should I soak or rinse my rice?

Rinsing or soaking rice is a personal preference. Here at Lotus Foods, we do not suggest rinsing our rice. Depending on the rice varietal some rice will have a different texture when soaked before cooking. We do not include soaking in our recipes as we know many people prefer recipes that can be cooked quickly, but if you prefer to soak your rice that’s fine too, just keep in mind it will reduce the cooking time needed.

How should I store Lotus Foods' Rice?

Lotus Foods’ Rice should be stored in cool and dry conditions. Our rice is warehoused in 55-60 degree temperatures. If you are not going to use the rice for long periods of time, rice can be kept in the refrigerator and can even be frozen.

Are any of your products organic?

Yes, the vast majority of our products are organic. Please check each individual product page to determine if an item is organic.

What does whole grain mean?

Whole grain means that the germ and bran layer on the rice is left intact. All rice starts as a whole grain; when the germ and bran layer is removed, you then have white rice.
Most of the nutritional value in a grain of rice is within the germ and bran layer. This layer is most often brown (as in brown rice), but can also be red (as in Red Rice) and black (as it is in the Forbidden Rice®).

Are your products gluten free?

Most of our products are gluten and wheat free. Please check our product pages or packaging for product specific information.

Are Lotus Foods rice products processed in a peanut and tree nut free facility?

Some of Lotus Foods’ products are produced in a facility that also processes other products that contain peanuts and/or tree nuts. Please email questions@lotusfoods.com for additional allergen information.

What makes rice aromatic?

“Aromatic” is a term given to numerous varieties of rice characterized by a pronounced floral or nutty (if whole grain) aroma and flavor, often compared to popcorn. Jasmine Rice is, perhaps, one of the best-known aromatic varietals, although there are others, such as our Dehraduni Basmati and Forbidden Rice®.

Why are there different colors of rice and what do these differences mean?

All rice starts as a whole grain, which means that the germ and bran layer are intact. When these are removed, you have white rice. The most common bran layer for rice is brown. But there are also red and black rices. Some rices are only partially milled, so some of the bran layer is left on. These rices tend to be light tan, pink or even a striated color. Our Madagascar Pink RiceTM is an example of rice that is partially milled. It still retains a high level of nutrition, but cooks faster and has a texture that is closer to white rice.

What causes brown or black spots on the end of the Organic Jasmine Rice?

During growth some rice tillers (or stalks) break off during the liquid stage of growth which causes some of the rice to have a darker color when it matures. This color does not affect the taste or quality of the rice. Our rice mill cannot sort out these dark rices, although other rice mills do have this capacity, which is why you may not see this effect in other brands of rice.

What Is Your Product Return Policy?

If you order any product from our online store and you're not 100% satisfied with your purchase, please let us know within 90 days of purchase. We will promptly replace the item or give you a refund of its purchase price. It’s that simple. Please email questions@lotusfoods.com so we can help you return the item for a refund.