Foods Labeled 'Healthy' May Hide Unhealthy Secrets

Gluten-Free Diet May Have ‘Unintended Consequences’ For Health

Gluten-Free Diet May Have 'Unintended Consequences' For HealthGluten is a protein found in barley, rye and wheat and their products. People may find it necessary to take a gluten-free diet to treat conditions such as celiac disease.

Key takeaways:

– Rice flour is often a substitute for gluten — but has caused health problems in people following a gluten-free diet.

– Rice can bio-accumulate heavy metals such as mercury and arsenic and other toxins.

– Consistent exposure to these metals is associated with the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other conditions.

“With the increasing popularity of gluten-free diets, these findings may have important health implications since the health effects of low-level arsenic and mercury exposure from food sources are uncertain but may increase the risk for cancer and other chronic diseases.”

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