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Gentoo Penguin
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Food Intolerances : Soft cheese, gluten, roughage: anything with a fibre, seed, skin, raw etc.
Location: Central Texas

PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:39 pm    Post subject: Article cites a downside of gluten free..... Reply with quote

A Downside of Gluten Free
A gluten-free diet may have a downside: increased blood levels of arsenic and mercury, according to a preliminary report.
Researchers analyzed data on 7,471 participants in a larger national health study, of whom 73 reported being on a gluten-free diet. Concentrations of urinary arsenic in those on the diet were nearly twice as high as in those not on it. Blood levels of inorganic mercury were also significantly higher in gluten-free dieters. The study is in Epidemiology.
One possible culprit? Rice, which can absorb metals from water and soil. According to the senior author, Maria Argos, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, people on gluten-free diets tend to increase their rice intake by eating special gluten-free products that contain rice, or rice syrup as a sweetener, though they tend to eat as much plain rice as others.
Arsenic and mercury are widely distributed throughout the environment, and everyone has some amount in their blood. But the levels of both elements among those on the gluten-free diet, while far from being toxic, were above those generally considered normal.
“The health impacts at this level of exposure are unknown,” Dr. Argos said. “But people should be aware of what they are eating. They are potentially consuming much more rice than they realize.”
Article appears in print on February 21, 2017, on Page D4 of the New York Times
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
Location: Central Texas

PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Cory,

You can easily avoid that little problem by selecting low-arsenic rice. That's not a failure of the GF diet, its a failure of people who don't pay any attention to the label on their food.


It is suspected that some of the hardest material known to science can be found in the skulls of GI specialists who insist that diet has nothing to do with the treatment of microscopic colitis.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always rinse my white rice repeatedly with short 15-20 minute soaks in between. If I'm having rice for dinner I start rinsing at noon for example. I've read that rinsing removes much of these negative compounds.
I use a 8 cup glass Pyrex measuring cup and I was surprised how murky the water remains, even after 5/7 rinses. I prefer that to go down the drain, not into my body....
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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, soy, eggs

PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I eat no grains so no rice and I avoid all products with ingredient labels which means nothing labeled gf. Tex is right. It's not the problem with being gluten free. It's the problem of widening one's scope of what it means to eat a healthy diet.

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