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By on April 29, 2017
Gluten-free diets may be popular, but here’s one reason why you should reconsider following it, say researchers.

According to a new study by University of Illinois researchers, people who ate a gluten-free diet were exposed to higher levels of arsenic and mercury, toxic metals that could cause serious health effects. Some of those include cancer, developmental delays in children, and heart disease.

As for the reason why, researchers say it’s due to the increased usage of rice flour, a gluten-free substitute that carries higher volumes of toxic metals, even in organic form.

“In Europe, there are regulations for food-based arsenic exposure, and perhaps that is something we here in the United States need to consider,” says Maria Argos, a University of Illinois School of Public Health assistant professor of epidemiology. “We regulate levels of arsenic in water, but if rice flour consumption increases the risk for exposure to arsenic, it would make sense to regulate the metal in foods as well.”

The Study

Researchers drew data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, examining 73 participants who reported eating a gluten-free diet. Researchers examined urine samples to determine the amount of mercury and arsenic in their blood, which are commonly found in rice products. Rice is commonly used to replace gluten in gluten-free diets.

Shockingly, they had 50 percent higher levels of arsenic in their blood, considered a potentially serious health risk. It fared even worse for mercury–they had 70 percent higher levels of this toxin in their bloodstream.

That’s a serious concern, as both toxins can cause serious and sometimes deadly consequences over the long term.

“These results indicate that there could be unintended consequences of eating a gluten-free diet,” says Argos. “But until we perform the studies to determine if there are corresponding health consequences that could be related to higher levels of exposure to arsenic and mercury by eating gluten-free, more research is needed before we can determine whether this diet poses a significant health risk.”

This doesn’t necessarily mean people need to stop going gluten-free, however. Instead, it illustrates the need to avoid rice substitutes, which are commonplace in these diets. Finding better alternatives, such as using corn or quinoa, could eliminate this small but significant health risk.

What This Means For You

If you’re going gluten-free this year, make sure you’re not replacing it with rice, stress experts.  Instead, you’re better off sticking with corn, barley, or quinoa, which are more nutritious and free of potentially dangerous toxins.

Readers: Have you tried a gluten-free diet before?

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