Most people go the gluten-free route when trying to maintain a healthier diet. However, according to a recent study, individuals who minimize or completely take gluten out of their diet are at higher risks of toxic metal exposure, causing extreme sickness.
Gluten can be found in the grains of barley, wheat, and rye. Gluten-free followers try to stay away from these foods, but abstaining from gluten severely limits a person’s diet.
According to the University of Illinois, most people choose to eat items with rice flour instead of wheat. Researchers have found that rice absorbs metals typically found in water, fertilizers, and soils. A report from Epidemiology says that even though their study focuses on data they published, more studies need to be done to fully understand how much toxic metals are consumed while eating gluten-free foods.
The study shows that ingesting food with toxic metals such as arsenic increases the chance of severe ailments or cancer.
Though the number of individuals removing gluten from their diets is growing, a good amount of those might just be doing it as a fad. Celiac disease is a digestive disorder that affects approximately less than 1 percent of the population, and one of the reasons behind this new diet. However, according to the National Institue of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, consuming foods with gluten while having celiac disease can cause intestinal damage.
On the other hand, some people to claim to eat gluten-free foods because it lowers the risk of inflammation. The University of Illinois has not studied this claim.
Back in 2015, a quarter of the US reported being on gluten-free diets, a 67% increase since 2013.
Even so, the amount of individuals who have celiac disease has not changed. Another reason people are removing gluten from their diet is allergies. Still, having a wheat allergy is not common amongst most people.
Out of all of those asked whether or not they were on a gluten-free diet, dozens of them state that they have taken gluten out of their daily diet.
Those people have twice the amount of arsenic in their urine and 70% more mercury in their bloodstream.