Thursday, 23 February 2017

Gluten-Free Diets high in Heavy Metals

quote [ Epidemiologists found elevated levels of mercury and arsenic in 73 people who said they were following a gluten-free diet. ]

Not the strongest study, but made me chuckle.

Fixing a repost.
[SFW] [food & drink] [+3 Informative]
[by Dienes@4:04amGMT]


HoZay said @ 4:14am GMT on 23rd Feb
Sorry, Dienes, last night's news.
Cool thumb, tho.
Dienes said @ 4:23am GMT on 23rd Feb
Well, fuck. Let's see if I can fix that.
midden said[2] @ 4:48am GMT on 23rd Feb
An important statistic that they failed to mention is how many of the other 7398 people who did not self report as gluten-free also had elevated levels of arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and dimethylarsinic acid.

I'm sure the original research paper did include that information, but it's poor science writing on PBS/NOVA's part. I'm surprised. The article they got it from on Ars Technica at least included the following:
"Compared with those who ate gluten, the gluten-free participants had nearly double the total amount of arsenic compounds in their urine. Their blood had around 60 percent more total mercury compounds."

Ars Technica article:
sanepride said @ 4:58am GMT on 23rd Feb
There are a lot of people in the world who eat little-to-no gluten and lots of rice just as a matter of course. It would be interesting to know about the heavy metal elements in their systems as a baseline.
midden said @ 5:55am GMT on 23rd Feb
Yes, that's another good data point. Without decent context, it's a bit like saying, "Every single known redhead has a .2% concentration of the toxic chemical chlorine in their tissues!" Which is perfectly normal.
Dienes said @ 1:51pm GMT on 23rd Feb
I immediately thought of the typical Japanese diet of rice, fish, and cigarettes. Wonder how it compares.
sanepride said @ 4:28pm GMT on 23rd Feb
Seems like the heavy metal contaminants they'd get from the fish and cigarettes would skew their results.
slaytanik said @ 5:09am GMT on 23rd Feb

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