The dangers of a gluten-free diet

Posted February 20, 2017

She explained how a gluten free diet which everybody regards as healthy could be bad for our bodies.

Maria Argos, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UIC School of Public Health and one of the study authors, says, "In Europe, there are regulations for food-based arsenic exposure, and perhaps that is something we here in the United States need to consider". Only one percent of Americans suffer from this disorder, but nearly one quarter of the American population reported switching to a diet which is free of the protein. Those on gluten-free diets can always try diversifying their wheat substitutes to avoid too much rice until further research can confirm or deny these possibly dangers. The protein is most commonly found in rye, wheat, and barley. Rice has a reputation for soaking up metals from soil, fertilizer and water - mercury and arsenic among them.

Walk into any grocery store and you will surely find a shelf devoted to gluten-free products.

Health experts say that more research is needed in order to determine whether gluten-free diets have a devastating impact on one's overall health.

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For the study, researchers from the University of IL at Chicago, University of Chicago, University of MI and Dartmouth University looked at 7,471 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted between 2009 and 2014.

Physicians recommend gluten-free diets to people suffering from celiac disease characterized by an uncontrollable immune response to gluten. This same group also tested for higher levels of arsenic in their urine and mercury in their blood than other survey participants. But I have some unfortunate news for anyone who typically eats gluten free: A new study suggests that maintaining a gluten-free diet correlates with raised levels of toxic metals such as arsenic and mercury. More precisely, rice flour usually accumulates toxic metals which increase the risk of neurological illness, heart disease, and cancer.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, as many as 18 million Americans may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, so there's been a huge increase in food and beverage manufacturers trying to appeal to this segment with gluten-free foods. One possible reason is that many believe keeping clear of the protein reduces harmful inflammation. Poor ol' gluten has been blamed for everything from bloating and depression to gas, acne, and brain fog.

Do you eat gluten-free products? Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and Gwyneth Paltrow have all sworn by these diets as tools for improving health and weight loss. That's the suggestion in a new study written up in the Chicago Tribune and elsewhere.