Gluten-Free Foods Contain High Levels Of Toxic Metals, Increasing Health Risks

Gluten free foods may contain high levels of toxic metal.

Over the past several years, gluten-free diets have become increasingly popular. However, University of Illinois researchers report this trending eating regime may have a hidden danger – toxic metals.

Rice flour, used to replace wheat, rye, and barley in gluten-free foods, is known to accumulate toxic metals like arsenic and mercury from fertilizers, soil, and water. Although they occur naturally in the environment, these metals are believed to increase the risk of cancer, heart disease, and neurological illness when taken in high doses. The research report suggests the risks of a gluten-free may outweigh any potential benefits.

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