Arsenic in the Gluten-Free Diet - Share Your Questions or Ideas

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Arsenic FAQ

What is arsenic?

Arsenic is found in nature, and we are all exposed to small traces of it through our water and food.  But it is also a known human carcinogen; acute exposure can harm the skin, lungs, bladder, liver and kidneysArsenic exposure has been linked with increased rates of bladder and lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease. 

How does this impact people with celiac disease?

For most Americans, rice is the main source of dietary arsenic exposure. Because rice is usually the dominant grain for people on a gluten-free diet, it is likely people on a gluten-free diet have more arsenic exposure than those on a standard Western diet. 

What can we do about it?

Celiac Disease Foundation is pleased to announce a partnership with Dartmouth College to apply for funding to embark on the largest and most comprehensive study about arsenic and celiac disease. We are in the beginning stages of this proposed study —identifying key questions, prioritizing areas of study, and designing research questions. 

Can I help?

YES.  The ideas you share here on Mosaic during the month of May will help set CDF's direction for research into arsenic exposure in the gluten-free diet and other areas of concern to you.

 How do I learn more about arsenic?

To learn more about arsenic in general and Dartmouth’s work in this area, please visit the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Website.

 What if there are other issues about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity that are important to me?

Mosaic is your platform to let Celiac Disease Foundation know what are the most important questions about celiac disease and gluten sensitivity that need to be answered. We encourage you to share these ideas by clicking the Share Your Idea button below.