Plumber Taught Me How to Prevent Colon Cancer

By Bill Kray

I asked a plumber to provide one good tip for preventing clogs.

Have you noticed that plumbers are very busy during holidays. While cooks are preparing big meals, the sink gets stopped up. A plumber once told me that starch in white rice causes coagulates. Mixed with other debris, the starchy paste forms a blockage that can be spooned out like pudding. It's one of the most frequent causes for drains being clogged. His tip? Don't put white rice down the sink or garbage disposal.

What about our anatomical plumbing? Though whole grains are recommended, the Colon Cancer Resource has this to say: "White rice, white flour and white bread are made of refined and processed grains that are stripped and processed. These foods have very little nutrition and do not belong in a colon cancer prevention diet."

According to a November 2012 Consumer Reports article, disturbing levels of arsenic can be found in many U.S. brands of rice. This can be reduced by rinsing rice prior to cooking and using imported brands from India (Basmati) or Thailand (Jasmine). Brown rice variants are available.

So take good care of your plumbing. Avoid white rice if possible. Refrigerate raw whole-grain brown rice up to 6 months for cooking, and don't scrape remnants down the sink or garbage disposal.

Bill Kray

Los Angeles, United States

Vegetarian health advocate, graphic designer, illustrator, programmer and prolific blog writer.

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