Gluten-free diets may contain poisonous agents — here’s how to protect yourself

Gluten free diets have become increasingly popular in America, but unfortunately, it sounds like they may harbor some awfully nasty substances: arsenic, and mercury.

Here’s the story:

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This study was done by epidemiologists at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Maria Argos, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UIC’s School of Public Health, and her team looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. They examined 73 subjects who were eating gluten-free diets and they measured the amount of arsenic in their urine and mercury in their blood. These people were six to 80 years of age.

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Here’s what the researchers found: Compared to the non-gluten-free controls, those eating gluten-free diets had twice as high levels of arsenic in their urine, and the gluten-free subjects had 70% more mercury in their blood.

The backstory on this is, as I mentioned, is that gluten-free diets are increasingly popular.

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About 25% of Americans now admit to being on a gluten-free diet — that’s a 67% increase between 2013 and 2015. Interestingly enough, only 1% of Americans have Celiac disease and actually must pursue a gluten-free diet.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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