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Arsenic, pesticides, mineral oil: Öko-Test finds pollutants in gluten-free foods
People who suffer from gluten intolerance (celiac disease) have to eat a consistently gluten-free diet throughout their lives in order to avoid complaints and to avoid long-term consequences. A large assortment of corresponding products can now be found in the trade. However, many of them contain harmful substances, as a recent study by "Öko-Test" has shown.
Strictly no gluten in celiac disease
It is estimated that around one percent of the population is affected by celiac disease, meaning that they cannot tolerate gluten. This is also known as glue protein and is found in wheat, rye, barley and related cereals such as spelled, greens and emmer. Therapy is not yet available. Only strict abstinence from gluten can help. A wide range of products that do not contain any adhesive protein can now be found in supermarkets. But not all of them are recommended, as a recent test shows.
Health risks from gluten-free foods
In people with celiac disease, eating gluten causes inflammation in the small intestine and associated complaints.
Symptoms that can occur range from digestive problems such as flatulence, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatty stools, nausea and vomiting, insomnia, iron deficiency, severe inflammation of the intestinal mucosa to psychological complaints such as depression.
It is all the more important that the range of gluten-free foods increases. Healthy people also often use such products.
However, experts repeatedly point out that gluten-free foods are not healthy for everyone. For example, researchers recently reported that such a diet significantly increases the risk of diabetes.
In addition, some of these foods pose a health risk because they can be contaminated with dangerous pollutants.
Contaminated with harmful substances
The consumer magazine "Öko-Test" examined 20 gluten-free foods in the current August issue, including flour, bread, pasta and porridge.
"The good news is that the laboratory did not find any or only traces of gluten in the products," the magazine wrote in a message.
“But the bad news is that with half of the quality, there is room for improvement. Because these products contain a large number of pollutants, ”it continues.
According to the experts, many of the products tested disappoint because they are contaminated with substances that are harmful to health.
Arsenic, pesticides and mineral oil components
According to the information provided, the laboratory detected carcinogenic inorganic arsenic in all rice-containing samples. The pollutant was also found in porridge, although oats do not normally enrich arsenic.
Health experts have been warning of arsenic in our food for years. Earlier studies by "Öko-Test" have shown that rice and rice products in particular contain a lot of arsenic.
In large quantities, inorganic arsenic is a risk factor for cancer. Slight arsenic poisoning can lead to symptoms such as cramps, abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and kidney failure
In the current study of gluten-free foods, the toxic heavy metal cadmium, questionable pesticides - including glyphosate, mold poison, cancer-prone chlorpropham and mineral oil components - were found in some brands.
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