• November 30, 2022

From the gluten -free diet an increase in heavy metals

From the gluten -free diet an increase in heavy metals. Gluten-free a fashion not without risk

By a research conducted by a team of the School of Public Health of the University of the#8217; Illinois in Chicago come to say little significant results in relation to the food for celiacs that would exhibit the usual consumers at higher levels of heavy metals from potential toxic effects, such as arsenic and mercury. It is known that about 1% of the population on a global basis has a diagnosis of celiac disease, a disease due to the immune response precisely to gluten, a protein present in cereals such as wheat, rye and barley. The most striking fact is that for some time the sales of gluten-free products have experienced an incredible increase in recent years, because many believe, even if not scientifically proven, that they reduce inflammation of the colon. American scientists from the study in question published on Epidemiology. They therefore wanted to statistically check the consequences relating to the usual consumption of these products and analyzed the data of 7.471 people between 6 to 80 years old, who participated between 2009 and 2014 at the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Of these, 73 followed a gluten-free diet and showed arsenic concentrations in the urine twice greater than the others and 70% greater levels of mercury in the blood.

Gluten free products, in fact, contain rice flour as a desec of the wheat, but the rice is subject to the bioaccumulation of some toxic metals deriving from fertilizers, soil or water. “ further research is needed before they can establish whether a particularly rich diet of rice represents a significant risk for health ”, the authors correctly specified, even if Giovanni d ’ Agata, president of the "counter of rights ", the investigation should not arouse any alarm, but only to push the research to verify every possible solution because even those who are forced to take on gluten -free food do not risk negative consequences for their health.