Study: Higher Arsenic, Mercury Exposure in People Following Gluten-Free Diet

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Gluten-free labels are increasingly common in grocery stores, but a new study published in the medical journal 'Epidemiology,' found higher concentrations of arsenic and mercury in people eating gluten-free diets. A separate study from the Mayo Clinic found that while the number of people with celiac disease was stable from 2009 to 2014, the number of people who followed a gluten-free diet increased significantly in the same timeframe. We’ll discuss the latest research on celiac disease and the potential benefits and risks of going gluten free.

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Going Gluten-Free Might Increase Risk of Arsenic, Mercury Exposure, Study Finds (Chicago Tribune)


Maria Argos, assistant professor of epidemiology, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health; coauthor, "The Unintended Consequences of a Gluten-Free Diet"

Joseph Murray M.D., gastroenterologist, Mayo Clinic; author of the Mayo Clinic's "Going Gluten Free: Essential Guide to Managing Celiac Disease and Related Conditions"

Leah Groppo, clinical dietitian, Stanford Health Care