Everyone’s been talking about going “gluten-free,” but two new studies have revealed that gluten-free foods contain high levels of toxic metals, which poses a greater risk of cancer and other chronic illnesses.
The Daily Mail reported on Saturday that people who eat gluten-free foods “have twice as much arsenic in their urine as those who eat gluten, and they also have 70 percent more mercury in their blood and worryingly high levels of other metals such as lead and cadmium.”
Increasingly, concerned about the long-term risks of consuming such foods, scientists said that the effects of “low-level arsenic and mercury exposure from food sources are uncertain,” however, their findings warranted them to issue a warning about the health implications of “going gluten-free.”
The culprit is rice flour, according to scientists. Often used to substitute gluten in bread, pasta, and cereals, rice flour contains high levels of arsenic.
“Rice is already known to contain relatively high levels of arsenic,” said the report, noting that parents in the U.K. have been warned by the country’s Food Standards Agency not to give their young children rice milk as a substitute for cow’s milk.
Long-term exposure to arsenic “is also linked with skin lesions, weight loss, high blood pressure, muscle wasting and diabetes,” according to the report, which noted that gluten-free products represent a multimillion-dollar industry.
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