Celiac Disease

Going gluten-free might increase risk of arsenic, mercury exposure, study finds

Going gluten-free might increase risk of arsenic, mercury exposure, study finds

Going gluten-free? A new study shines some light on potentially unwanted side effects of skipping that morning bagel.

In a report published by the scientific journal Epidemiology, researchers found that practitioners of a gluten-free diet may be exposed to increased levels of arsenic and mercury — toxic metals that can lead to cardiovascular disease, neurological problems and cancer, among other things.

Gluten-free diets are recommended for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine upon ingestion of...

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